Wildcat News Brief & Chat

Two incidents involving humans entering lion exhibits at zoos in India & Chile led to lions being shot

Last week in India at the Nehur Zoo Park, a visitor, who was allegedly drunk, was arrested after he was caught on camera trespassing into a lion exhibit. According to The Hindu, the 35-year-old man entered the exhibit that was located more than 12 feet below ground level. He approached the lions and put his … Continue reading Two incidents involving humans entering lion exhibits at zoos in India & Chile led to lions being shot

Amur leopards experience a “cub boom”

News from the UK this week reports that in 2007 there were only 30 wild Amur leopards in the Russian Far East and extinction seemed all but inevitable, but in recent months eight births took place. 16 cubs were spotted in a nature reserve set up by Vladimir Putin to ensure their survival. Camera traps … Continue reading Amur leopards experience a “cub boom”

More reports on tiger populations in India reserves

The Times of India reported on May 23, 2016 that the 344 sq km Nameri Tiger Reserve (NTR) in Assam’s Sonitpur district has an estimated five to eight tigers, according to the latest assessment of predators and prey status report. The assessment, carried out between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that NTR, located on the northern … Continue reading More reports on tiger populations in India reserves

Evolutionary history and conservation significance of the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas)

In a recent study published in the May 2016 issue of Journal of Zoology: Evolutionary history and conservation significance of the Javan leopard Panthera pardus melas, scientists in Germany and Indonesia reconstruct the evolutionary history of the Javan leopard and highlights the urgent need for concerted conservation efforts to preserve the Javan leopard from extinction. … Continue reading Evolutionary history and conservation significance of the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas)

U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance unveils new logo representing many species

In honor of Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2016 the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance unveiled their new logo that “does not single out any particular animal. Instead, it stylistically represents the reality that many species, including pangolins and many other relatively unknown animals, are being killed so their parts can be sold into global … Continue reading U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance unveils new logo representing many species

USDA updates policy on using microchips to officially identify regulated animals

May 23, 2016 ~ USDA Bulletin: USDA licensees and registrants can now use microchips to officially identify their regulated animals without having to request a variance from the agency. Animal Welfare Act regulations require licensees and registrants to permanently mark or identify regulated animals. Many regulated facilities mark their animals by tattooing them or affixing … Continue reading USDA updates policy on using microchips to officially identify regulated animals

New York state lawmakers ponder ban on declawing cats

On Tuesday, May 17th the AP reported, New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians. Several veterinarians along with a spokescat named Rubio, came to the state Capitol to lobby for the ban. They say the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through … Continue reading New York state lawmakers ponder ban on declawing cats

Tiger poached for witchcraft at the Satpura Tiger Reserve in India

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has pulled up forest department officials for their “callous attitude” and failing to keep an eye on a tiger killed last year for “sorcery.” The Press Trust of India reports, in a letter to chief wildlife warden, the NTCA has sought a detailed report on the matter. It is … Continue reading Tiger poached for witchcraft at the Satpura Tiger Reserve in India

Tyrone Township Planning Commission: proposed new ordinance on exotic animals

The Tyrone Township Planning Commission (Fenton, MI) is getting closer to approving a proposed new ordinance that would address the keeping of exotic animals under specific circumstances, the Commission reported on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The proposed amendments will be under Section 21.52, Supplemental Shoreland Regulations. The proposed new Section 21.58 is called, “Keeping and … Continue reading Tyrone Township Planning Commission: proposed new ordinance on exotic animals

Police called to catch tigers at Dutch big cat sanctuary

On Saturday, May 14th, Dutch police reported two tigers escaped from their enclosure at a big cat sanctuary and were prowling around the terrain of the park in the northern province of Friesland. Police spokeswoman Nathalie Schubart said police officers and a vet had the animals in sight and were trying to tranquilize them as … Continue reading Police called to catch tigers at Dutch big cat sanctuary