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28 August 2006 @ 08:50 pm
More man-animal conflict...  
Bad news for the tigers of Nagarhole it seems. Times of India had an article today (could someone give me an online link to that?) about a man-eater on prowl. Bad for people. Bad for tigers. Many are going to have sleepless nights and I am fairly sure that some tigers will be killed there to appease people. The question is how many? With poaching still rampant, this is not looking good for the great cats of India.

Anyway, here are some images from that forest.

Muggers are medium-sized crocodiles (average around 10-12 feet) and found all over India. They seem to be amazingly calm for their size but we all know how opportunistic crocodiles are...

Juvenile tusker on the banks of the Kabini. Just like human teenagers, these are very short-tempered and should be avoided. However, unlike human families these are mercilessly thrown out of their herds at this stage.

Edit: Thanks to fiery_fiona for the link.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Margaretrivendweller on August 28th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Like the bears here at home. So sad.

Apparently our bear has moved on. I hope he is safe.
Yathinyathin on August 28th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
The condition of tigers is scary. Census says there are 2000 tigers in the wild. Most environmentalists believe the number to be much less than that. We have upwards of one billion people and our country is one-third the size of the US - not good for wildlife. I read that Yosemite alone has 600 black bears and Alaska has about 40000 grizzlies so bears are in much better shape population wise.

Good to hear about the bear - I hope (and wish) he's having a nice time with those wild berries which are way better off than garbage bins. :)
~time~fiery_fiona on August 28th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Found this

That crocodile picture is a killer!!
~time~: chikfiery_fiona on August 28th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: here
Sorry for the spam but you will have to use an indiatimes id to see the link!
Yathinyathin on August 28th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: here
Thanks. :)

It worked without an indiatimes id. :D
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on August 29th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: here
~time~: chikfiery_fiona on August 29th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: here
hey thats cool. thanks!

I like the name too :D!
kejnkejn on August 28th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
i can't imagine how it would be living in a place with (possible) man-eating tigers. :-O

the most ferocious predators we have here in sweden (up in the forested north) are wolves and bears. the wolves are feared and driven to a point of near extinction by poaching, the bears just barely have a viable population (i think) and some are shot each year on license. there is no real danger for humans from wolves (they occasionally take a hunting dog but have never attacked people as far as i know) while there seems to be news each year of a bear or two attacking someone. i have never been near a wild bear but my dad told me he came across paw prints in the woods once that were made just minutes after he had passed that spot earlier. he said it gave him a terrible case of the "bear shivers", while he wouldn't think twice about a wolf being near him.
Yathinyathin on August 28th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
> some are shot each year on license

The tigers we have are only alive because the Indian kings saved them for shooting later in the form of game hunting (entertainment!!) for visiting British and European dignitaries! And if we ever had that licensed shooting today, it would probably take less than an hour for the entire tiger population to be wiped out. :D

Did you know about the European cave lion that existed there centuries ago? It was the largest cat that ever lived. I've seen tigers and they're massive, so I can only imagine how scary Euro lions would have been to those ancient people who were on the lion's menu!

Kadambari Devarajankadambarid on August 28th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
The crocodile is such a beauty
Yathinyathin on August 28th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
Kadambari Devarajankadambarid on August 28th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Not seen good pics of a croc in ages - majestic creatures, almost always depicted in bad light...
(Anonymous) on August 28th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
wallpaper size... possible?
Yathinyathin on August 28th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
which one?
ajat: Lilacs.ajat on August 28th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures ...


I want to find a nice Sunderbans tiger picture, though ...
divyk on August 28th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
More man-animal conflict...
nice crocodile pic.

Abt the news, you want to check other sources, since it is times of india ;)
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on August 28th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Random related trivia: Can't read the article with Firefox, but they've had prblems with leopards, from the Borivili National (?) Park in Bombay, carrying away children from an apartment complex that was built too close to the jungle. First I've heard of an incident so close to the city. The jungle has apparently never had good 'fences' or 'barriers', but it was rarely a problem till contractors encroached - promising a nice 'forest view' apartment I'm sure. Don't have newspaper articles, this was from someone in Mumbai, so apologies if it's exaggerated, but true.

Anyway. Foregound-background combination (sorry, don't know the technical terms!) in the tusker pic is just beautiful!
Yathinyathin on August 29th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
Yep, I've read/heard about the leopards.
thejutheju on August 29th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Love the tone of the Tusker pic, is it possible to get a wallpaper size pic?
depontideponti on August 29th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
Yes, I know I should be looking at the animals, but the horizontal bands of colour in the croc pic (croc pic..that's poetry) with the counterpoint of the flying bird, and the tones of the tusker pic are...so beautiful....but I suppose more competent people than I would have told you that!