Livestock depredation by Tiger confirmed



Posted on 23 January 2013  | 
Tiger caught on camera at Shakchema area of Jongthang under Nubi gewog in Trongsa.
Tiger caught on camera at Shakchema area of Jongthang under Nubi gewog in Trongsa.
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Recent camera trap pictures have confirmed increasing livestock depredation by tigers in Nubi gewog in Trongsa.
This was confirmed when officials from Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP), on request from Nubi gewog and the Zhemgang Forest Division, set up 9 camera traps in strategic locations in Jongthang area between October to November last year.
According to WCP officials, having received repeated reports from local authorities in Nubi gewog on increasing instances of livestock depredation by tigers, officials started setting camera traps in prime locations.
Out of 10 recent livestock depredation cases, eight have been compensated Nu. 3000 per cattle killed.
Initially, although park officials had laid 10 camera traps along trails and routes frequented by the predator in Karshong and Gagar area but no evidence of tigers were found. 
The evidence of the presence of tiger is a historic milestone that was never attempted before in WCP. Camera traps have also helped capture other species such as common Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens), Wild Dog (Cuon alpinus) assorted avian fauna and two wild cat species, one of which is supposedly, Golden Asiatic Cat (Catopuma temmincki) which is yet to be confirmed.
Tiger caught on camera at Shakchema area of Jongthang under Nubi gewog in Trongsa.
Tiger caught on camera at Shakchema area of Jongthang under Nubi gewog in Trongsa.
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