SANS ESPACE SUFFISANT, PAS DE PAIX POSSIBLE.
THAÏLANDE : Aujourd'hui, 200 villageois sont partis à la recherche d'un tigre soupçonné d'avoir tué et dévoré deux personnes en moins d'une semaine (la dernière victime a été tuée hier), dans deux plantations différentes proches de la frontière avec la Malaisie. L'objectif officiel est d'éviter de tuer, en repoussant l'animal (ou la famille : une tigresse et des jeunes ?) dans la montagne. Source : Bangkok Post, ce jour.
Pranee Mahasuk, 43, was slashed on the face and back in front of her husband as the pair tapped rubber shortly before midnight on Monday, said Urupong Chanakul, deputy chief of Betong district in Thailand's southern Yala province.
He said the woman's husband had tried to help her by shooting at the big cat, but had been forced to climb a tree for safety.
"He spent the whole night up the tree. He said the tiger came back to eat his wife after he shot at it, so he fired at it again and it ran off," Urupong told AFP.
Last week the footprints of an adult and young tiger were seen near where 44-year-old Hyaya Seng was found headless with deep scratches across his body at another plantation in Yala near the border with Malaysia.
"It is likely that the same tiger killed the victim last week," Urupong said, adding the latest incident was 10 kilometres away from the previous one.
He said authorities and about 200 villagers had launched a search for the tiger, adding that the aim was to push the creature further into the remote mountainous border area rather than kill it.
Thailand, a hub of international wildlife smuggling, is one of just 13 countries hosting fragile tiger populations. Fewer than 300 tigers remain in the wild in Thailand, according to wildlife group WWF.
INDE : Un tigre abattu par des forestiers dans une plantation de café (source : The Hindu, hier).
The tiger fought till the end and met with a bloody end. Even after giving sleepless nights to people living on the fringes of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary for three weeks, killing their cattle and triggering agitations, the big cat was in no mood to give up till forest officials shot it dead on a coffee plantation near Moolamkavu on Sunday morning.
O.P. Kaler, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Palakkad, who had been leading the “hunt” for the tiger, said a mob foiled attempts to save its life as the animal turned violent and jumped at the team shooting the tranquilliser darts.
V. Gopinathan, Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala, ordered the “hunt” on November 21 after mass protests erupted as the tiger had been carrying away domestic animals in human habitations near Sulthan Bathery, Naikkatty and Muthanga. Nearly 15 animals turned its prey.
“We had intensified the operations on Saturday evening after a report that the animal had entered a human habitation in the Moolamkavu area,” S. Sreekumar, Warden of the sanctuary, told The Hindu. The tiger attacked a cow around 1 a.m. and a goat early on Sunday.
Arun Zachariah, forest veterinary surgeon, said that at 7.30 a.m. the officials tracked the tiger and around 8 a.m., the veterinary surgeons shot the first tranquilliser (ketamine) dart. The dart hit the target and the tiger fled to the plantation. But it turned violent after an uncontrollable mob gathered. The team applied the second dart in a short span of time.
“While the second dart was applied, the tiger jumped to attack the officials and it was shot dead as a last resort,” Mr. Sreekumar said.
Mr. Kaler told presspersons that the officials had tried their best to save the life of the tiger, but the rush of people forced them to kill it. The tiger would have attacked the people.
The carcass will be preserved in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Palakkad district after autopsy at the forest veterinary lab in Sulthan Bathery. Representatives of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and non-governmental organisations will be present.
The Forest Department had constituted a special task force to capture the animal with the assistance of a 10-member Special Tiger Protection Force and two Kumki (trained) elephants from the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. A huge crowd reached the spot to get a glimpse of the tiger.
UN PEU PLUS D'ESPACE... (source : Times of India, avant - hier).
JAIPUR: In a major boost to tiger conservation, the expert committee has defined the core and buffer zones of the Mukundra sanctuary. An erstwhile royal hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kota, a thickly forested sanctuary lying along the southeastern border of Kota, would soon see dedicated efforts to create a tiger conducive habitat. According to A C Chaubey, chief wildlife warden, "We have got the letter from the expert committee defining the core and buffer areas in the Mukundra hills.
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