This video from India says about itself:
Tiger Hunts Large Gaur [NEW FOOTAGE]
11 November 2013
Amazing new footage of the dominant male tiger from Bandipur, Raja, taking down and killing an adult gaur on a hunt. Gaurs are the largest bovine in the world, and this is a very rare incident caught on tape.
From Wildlife Extra:
India’s tiger population on the increase
New figures released indicate India’s tiger population has significantly increased from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,226 in 2014, an increase of 60%.
The increase in the tiger population can be largely attributed to better management and improved protection within tiger reserves and other tiger bearing protected areas. Poaching remains the greatest threat to wild tigers today with tiger parts in high demand throughout Asia.
“These results confirm that more than half of the world’s tigers are in India, and thus, an up-to-date and precise estimation becomes imperative for assessing the success of future conservation efforts. This demonstrates that species conservation works, especially when it brings together political will, strong science and dedicated field efforts,” said Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India.
The report highlights that the future of tigers in India depends on maintaining undisturbed core habitats for breeding tiger populations, habitat connectivity and protection from poaching of tigers and their prey.
The estimation exercise in India saw an unprecedented effort from the National Tiger Conservation Authority, state forest departments, the Wildlife Institute of India, and conservation organisations including WWF-India, CWS, ATREE, Aaranyak, WRCS and WCT.
Flaws in a method commonly used in censuses of tigers and other rare wildlife put the accuracy of such surveys in doubt, a new study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution suggests: here.
When people and tigers use the same forest, their ability to cope and co-adapt to the influences of the other is much higher than currently understood. This is one of the conclusions drawn by Leiden BioSocial researcher Shekhar Kolipaka, who researched whether tigers can survive in human-dominated landscapes of India. PhD defence 14 February : here.
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