I’ve been anxiously waiting for the news on the Tiger Census 2011 after a hiatus of three years. With 1706 estimated number of Tigers in wild – highest for any country – India increased its Tiger population to about 20% in three years.

As the news from Ministry of Environment got public few minutes it was pleasing news to ears. With an addition of 295 Tigers in wild across the 39 Tiger Reserves in the country India seems to be going on right track.

I would say good work Jairam Ramesh. Although I have deep apprehensions about the tools and technology implemented for Tiger Census 2011 it’s the best numbers to rely on. There is a lot to mull about these number released by Min of Environment & Forest and the actuality of this census.

Good thing about the census is the inclusion of Sunderbans Tiger habitat where approx 70 wild Tigers were spotted. A question to be asked is if the Jharkhand forests were also included in the Tiger Census or omitted like the previous time. Mr Jairam?

Maneater Tiger gunned down

January 28, 2011

Ramnagar (Nainital) – Uttarakhand

Combined efforts of the forest officials and local police gunned down a Tiger who had turned maneater. The Tiger last killed a youth on Wednesday. The Tiger was nabbed by a team of seven elephants and it took the official 32-rounds of ammunition to kill the poor cat.

Puran chand (28 years) was attacked and killed by this maneater Tiger when he ventured out to answer natures call in Sunderkhal adjoining Corbett Tiger Reserve. The local population sat down on an agitation and refused to budge till they (forest dept) kill the Tiger. Their anger was enough for Ramnagar Forest Department SDO Rama Kant Tiwari, forest officials and the police. They tracked down the Tiger who had come back to claim his kill from previous day. He was gunned down with 36-rounds of fire. Far too much ammunition for a single Tiger.

Another sad day when we lost one more Tiger because of humans. This time it wasn’t poaching but sheer lack of human intelligence. It shocks me to realize that humans have no clear-approach to address issues where animals turn man-eaters. Pity on you Jairam Ramesh.

 

Within hours of making her last human kill the Corbett tigress has been shot upon by the forest officials. The tigress has sustained a bullet shot on her but didn’t die immediately. She ran away into the forest and the forest plus the hunters’ party is tracking the Tigress to hunt her down and kill her. The chance of her survival is low as the team is determined to kill this ill-fated Tigress.

Another wildlife management surprise unfolds after the forest department wilts against the human demands. The forest department was under immense pressure from the villagers to kill the tigress. Ideally they should have trapped the Tigress and should have devised a plan on how to manage the future of the Tigress. Apparently, a cage was set few days ago to trap her but a different male Tiger got trapped accidentally.

The report almost means that another VERY PRECIOUS Tiger is less from the forests on Uttarakhand and India. In other words – humans have killed another one.

This is sad news and another dark day in the life & times of Tiger.