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Teeming With Tigers, India Needs To Manage Their Population

India is facing a serious 'problem of plenty'. Rising tiger population in many parts of the country is creating conflict zones. And the tiger- human clashes are going up, alarmingly in many landscapes. The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) needs to take initiatives to control the situation. Fifty years after the project tiger as India moves on from dwindling tiger population to surplus numbers of the big cats,  the nation needs an active tiger population management plan. As MoEFC&C yet to  become proactive, a team of  tiger catchers continue to carry out search operations for the past over five months to  capture a tigress with four cubs. Thge team members are  scanning Tadoba Andhari Tiger Landscape in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, grappling with the issue of over population of 200 tigers. As many as 53 people lost their lives in Chandrapur in 2022 in tiger attacks while 14 tigers have also died from January 2022 to January this year. This

Egyptian Vultures: Victims of Myths And Misconceptions

Egyptian Vultures,

In one of the most shocking cases of wildlife trade, seven endangered Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus), have been recovered from a man traveling from Kanpur to Manmad in Maharashtra. Wrapped in colourful cloth, the vultures were hidden inside a basket in Pushpak Express when the railway police rounded up the man with the threatened birds. The arrest is likely to unearth a wildlife crime syndicate. This blog will keep you updated on the issue . The scavenger birds are listed as endangered in the IUCN red list  threatened species because of its “rapidly declining"  population world over”.

Myths Linked With Vultures

Egyptian Vultures,

Special task force (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh forest department is quizzing Fareed Sheikh (60) who was found in possession of 7 birds from a train at Khandwa railway station. He turned out to be only a   carrier-  like those  in drug trafficking. Fareed said that  Sameer Khan, a resident of  Kanpur, handed him over the vultures and  he was  asked to transfer the consignment to Hashim at Manmad railway station in Maharashtra. " I was promised Rs 10,000 for the job", he said. The carrier  was also found in possession of a return ticket from Manmand to Kanpur. SIT sources said that  there was more than meets the  eye. “ From Manmad, these birds would have  headed to Mumbai and then, may be abroad by sea route, they suspect. 

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This species qualifies as Endangered owing to a recent and extremely rapid population decline in India, presumably resulting from poisoning by the veterinary drug diclofenac, combined with severe long-term declines in Europe and Africa. Despite its huge range, populations of Egyptian Vulture are declining across the globe. This is due to a variety  of threats like poisoning, poaching, electrocution and human disturbance. But  smuggling  of the bird was reported for the first time, sources said.  Consumption of its body parts is also linked with many  myths.  According to illegalwildlifetrade.net ,”Vulture body parts are purchased for traditional medicine and other belief-based uses. Consumers expect relief from a variety of physical and mental ailments and greater success in life as they absorb the vultures’ abilities to ‘see into the future’. Vultures are therefore often the most sought-after bird species in trade.”

Intelligent Bird 

Egyptian Vultures,

It is also called the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh's chicken and is widely distributed from the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa to India. Egyptian vultures are considered to be intelligent as they are known for the use of tools to crack open large eggs, and twigs to gather wool to line its nest. Such tool use has been recorded in hand-reared chicks. As a scavenger its diet is varied and includes carrion, tortoises, organic waste and even mammalian feces. The species plays a hugely important role in the ecosystem, disposing of carcasses quickly thereby stopping the spread of disease.

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  1. In late 70s i heard that yellow beak of vulture and malabar pied hornbills beak is used in tantrik puja.

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