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Indian Tiger Park Now Tiger-Free

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the In-the-forests-of-the-night dept.

Science 170

Panna National Park is now officially tiger free making it the second Indian tiger sanctuary to no longer have a tiger population. A census was conducted in the park, after authorities reported no Bengal Tiger sightings for a long time. Three years ago the park had a population of 24 tigers; however, none were found this year. Forest minister Rajendra Shukla is optimistic about the news and says, "Panna is our only park which has lost on this count. Three of state's reserve forests — Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench — have been adjudged among the best managed tiger reserves in the country."

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Tiger-free tiger park... (5, Funny)

Shag (3737) | more than 5 years ago | (#28711953)

How do you say "you're doing it wrong" in their local language?

Re:Tiger-free tiger park... (5, Funny)

xSauronx (608805) | more than 5 years ago | (#28711975)

Tiger Park

you keep saying these words....i do not think they mean what you think they mean

Re:Tiger-free tiger park... (3, Funny)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712313)

Is it anything like a Car Park?

I can't help but imagine dozens of sleeping tigers lined up in rows.

Re:Tiger-free tiger park... (5, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712085)

How do you say "you're doing it wrong" in their local language?

"Please hold while we bring up your account"

Re:Tiger-free tiger park... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712247)

Thank you! Come again!

Cheese shop (5, Funny)

quenda (644621) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712959)

Not much of a cheese shop, is it?

Re:Cheese shop (2, Funny)

gregg (42218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714769)

I'm sure it is very clean, being uncontaminated by tigers and all.

Re:Tiger-free tiger park... (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713947)

How do you say "you're doing it wrong" in their local language?

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

if evolution (0)

markringen (1501853) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712011)

if evolution allowed them to prosper we wouldn't even be in the way! causing the eventual end of a species is just that the end!

Re:if evolution (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712291)

Um, evolution, unlike an God or such, isn't right or wrong so there's nothing wrong with saving species that are dying.
Or are you trying do be funny?

Yeah, sure... (3, Insightful)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713753)

They should have evolved a bulletproof skin, a gun on their forehead and a lawyer on their back.
One to protect them from direct attack by humans, one to protect their home with force and the third to do the same - only in court.

And even that probably wouldn't do them much good considering that "civilized" humans had up until recently found "local" humans to be less than those tigers and little more than apes.
When I say "civilized" and "local" I mean white and brown.

Heck! White humans have nearly killed off an entire continent's population of red humans - who had guns and horses and whatnot...
And oversized cats should "evolve".
Yeah, sure...

Re:Yeah, sure... (1)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714177)

They should have evolved a bulletproof skin, a gun on their forehead and a lawyer on their back.

ITYM "a frickin' laser beam attached to their forehead".

Naah... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714935)

There were no lasers prior to 1960s. Way to late for them to start evolving one.

On the other hand... HAD they evolved 'frickin' lasers on their heads human armed conflicts would have been far more interesting.
If we could pry some of those lasers of off their heads and used them ourselves. And if all those lawyers on their backs would let us.

Re:Yeah, sure... (1)

markringen (1501853) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714805)

other animals have become resistant to humans, they haven't. thus evolution didn't have it in for them. my motto against protectionists: evolution is a bitch! if you don't like how the cards are dealt you could as well give up.

What the fuck (5, Insightful)

darkitecture (627408) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712015)

Your number one priority in a Tiger Park is... to maintain the tiger population. How the fuck do you let 24 tigers die in 36 months? Am I the only one that thinks that maybe after the first 12 months someone should have said, "wait a minute, we've got less tigers now than 12 months ago" and tried to figure out what the fuck was going wrong? How the fuck do you not notice anything is wrong in three years? Surely 24 tigers did not die in the past few months, right?

Maybe I'm assuming too much; I was sick the day they taught tiger maintenance at tiger school.

Re:What the fuck (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712055)

I saw an article about this about a year ago on TV. The tigers are being illegally captured for their skins and all. This has been going on for years, but the Indian government has kept denying it was happening, and did nothing about it. Now we have the result: a tiger-free tiger park.

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28713761)

Never assume conspiracy where simple idiocy or incompetence will suffice.

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712059)

They're tigers, not elephants. They don't spend much time visible around humans.

Re:What the fuck (4, Funny)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714191)

Q1. Why do elephants paint their 'nads red ?
A1. So they can hide in cherry trees.

Q2. What's the loadest sound in the jungle ?
A2. A giraffe eating cherries.

Re:What the fuck (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712073)

1. Setup Tiger farm
2. Economic crisis
3. Sell to Chinese herbalist
4. Profit.

Re:What the fuck (1)

buttfscking (1515709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712993)

No, no! Step number three should be "???"

Re:What the fuck (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713561)

1.5 Genetically engineer fat impotent Asian men with 500 large Tiger penises all over their body.

Re:What the fuck (4, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712079)

Poaching. Pure and simple. And these governments simply don't set their priorities on conserving endangered species. First they tend to enrich themselves, next they enrich their friends and associates, and if they EVER get done serving their own interests, the rest of what's left over goes to the people. They probably have no idea of what a budget committee is and no public involvement.

Re:What the fuck (4, Insightful)

RsG (809189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712213)

Poaching. Pure and simple. And these governments simply don't set their priorities on conserving endangered species.

In addition to this, maintaining any kind of boundary around a tiger preserve is going to be a costly, manpower intensive operation. Likely the park didn't get that kind of staff or budget, and left the gate open, so to speak.

Tigers are large. They're territorial apex predators. Each adult male needs lots and lots of room to himself, which means a park of a couple dozen is going to cover a wide territory. Plus, I doubt the park was at capacity with 24, so it probably was set aside with more room than the bare minimum for its now departed population.

As a result, the park's borders are going to be long. Unless they have scads of park rangers, or whatever they're called in this case, they can't police the entirety of it. A poacher could get in unopposed. And given the rarity of the cats, poaching them is probably lucrative enough that they can bribe the, at most, one or two officials who might see them to look the other way.

cost benefit analysis (4, Insightful)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713577)

The reason the poachers are bold is because nobody has done the math. 6 billion monkeys on the planet = common. ~3k tigers left on the planet = rare. Perhaps they should start demonstrating that they value tigers more than monkeys.

Start guarding the park. anyone found inside for any reason without evidence of poaching will be killed on sight. People found poaching will be horribly public tortured for a month and then executed. Put severed heads on stakes around the borders of the park. Anyone found with tiger parts in the country will be immediately executed. Quite simply, they need to make entering the park seem like a automatic death sentence. Until they show a will to go farther than the poachers, they will lose and tigers will die.

Re:cost benefit analysis (1)

feepness (543479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713889)

Perhaps they should start demonstrating that they value tigers more than monkeys.

Perhaps you should. Do you do anything besides bare necessities and supporting the tiger population? Do you do anything at all to support the tiger population?

Re:cost benefit analysis (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28713971)

Start guarding the park. anyone found inside for any reason without evidence of poaching will be killed on sight.

As a positive side effect evolutionary pressure will get us rid of tourists with bad orientation and inability to read maps.

Re:cost benefit analysis (4, Insightful)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714029)

No. What they should do is take all their weapons off them, then let them into the tiger park. Anyone who manages to kill and drag back a tiger bare-handed damn well deserves it, everyone else can be a play toy for teh big kitties...

Re:cost benefit analysis (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28714603)

In Indian forests area the Government writ doesn't run.. It is long time that the forests area are infested with red army(Maoist cadres) as well as Pak based terrorist outfit...Forest Officer never venture out of his hideout. Also the welfare measures for the tribal in the area are pocketed by politicians..Tigers are killed for medicine values in China and East Asia, sold there for purchasing modern weapons for their arm struggle.. India's obesession with pak based terrorists ignore the threat posed by the maoist in India..

Re:What the fuck (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712261)

Poaching. Pure and simple.

This is the part I never understand. What on earth are they poaching the tigers for? Tigers are actually a fairly common animal in captivity.

The only explanation I can come up with is that there are people who will pay money to their own, or own the skin of, one of the last $ANIMAL simply because it is the last, and for no other reason. I think there was a Star Trek episode about that.

Re:What the fuck (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712355)

This is the part I never understand. What on earth are they poaching the tigers for?

There is a multimillion dollar demand in Asian countries for, among other pieces of the tigers, the male tiger penis. It is seen in many Asian cultures as a sacred aphrodisiac. From personal experience with people who have actually contributed to the black market, the penis from the tiger bred in captivity is not as effective as one taken from the wild.

Whether it is scientifically proven that it actually does anything at all is still uncertain. Personally I think it is a placebo, but to some cultures, a sacred placebo is preferable to the most effective medicine without religious/cultural connotations.

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28713781)

Maybe if there are no longer tigers in india they have less problems with overpopulation in the future.

Re:What the fuck (1)

codeButcher (223668) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714143)

Well, since tigers are going extinct, it should be obvious that they don't have much use of said body part. Why not have someone else have it who puts more value on it?

I'm just kidding, right. But it's still ironic. Maybe someone should tell them about rabbits.

Re:What the fuck (1, Interesting)

StokedForYou (1598895) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712373)

This is the part I never understand. What on earth are they poaching the tigers for?

There is a multimillion dollar demand in Asian countries for, among other pieces of the tigers, the male tiger penis. It is seen in many Asian cultures as a sacred aphrodisiac. From personal experience with people who have actually contributed to the black market, the penis from the tiger bred in captivity is not as effective as one taken from the wild.
Whether it is scientifically proven that it actually does anything at all is still uncertain. Personally I think it is a placebo, but to some cultures, a sacred placebo is preferable to the most effective medicine without religious/cultural connotations.

Re:What the fuck (3, Insightful)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712487)

There is a multimillion dollar demand in Asian countries for, among other pieces of the tigers, the male tiger penis. It is seen in many Asian cultures as a sacred aphrodisiac.

The thing about a lot of Chinese herbal remedies is that the ones have a big fuss made over them, were the ones recommended for the Emperor and the aristocracy.

You know what's also supposed to be a good medicine for building yang in Chinese medicine? Walnuts. But that's clearly not good enough, not special and unique enough, for some royal bastard. You're an important guy, you have to go have some sentient being killed to prove it. And then because you are an important guy, everyone else wants to follow in your footsteps.

(Of course, the same applies in our culture. Know what's a good treatment for heart disease? A diet based around whole plant foods, exercise, and stress reduction. But that's clearly not good enough, not special and unique enough, for some master-of-the-universe type. You're an important guy, you have to go treat your body like shit until you need the bypass surgery -- despite the fact that its benefits are questionable [businessweek.com] . But at least with bypass surgery, your death or your case of "pump head" [about.com] only directly affects you, whereas using tiger penis to treat your impotence has a hell of an impact on the tiger.)

Re:What the fuck (1)

StokedForYou (1598895) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712785)

I for one was surprised that nobody had brought the issue up before I posted (yes I am the AC hidden above my prior post), the intolerance and ignorance of man seems to know no bounds. Perhaps we will grow out of it someday? Or maybe that's hoping for a bit much.

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712873)

What on earth are they poaching the tigers for?

Probably weirdo magic medicine and other stuff like this [blogspot.com] .

Re:What the fuck (2, Insightful)

feepness (543479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713881)

First they tend to enrich themselves, next they enrich their friends and associates, and if they EVER get done serving their own interests, the rest of what's left over goes to the people.

Well, at least we've exported American Democracy to one place in the world!

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28715037)

Heh... You think that was specific to American Democracy?

It's been SOP with Mankind since we were chipping rocks to put on the ends of sticks. :D

I am not offering a defense (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714457)

of this reserves managers, however I think India has a whole lot more to worry about than tigers. Yeah, while I sit in my comfy chair in an air conditioned building I can see where other people get off beating on countries for not doing what we want.

The simple matter is, India at least is trying to protect the tigers. They also are trying to manage a large population of people who essentially live like they have for thousands of years and bring them into what many of us would still not consider acceptable living let alone modern.

So yeah, we lose a few tigers. If the tigers are so important to the rest of the world then I suggest the rest of the world establish sanctuaries in their own territories and save them.

I am more concerned with India figuring out how to live peacefully with Pakistan and keeping religious strife between Hindu's and Muslims in check. While it is nice to look at tigers and appreciate nature's beauty the number of people who died to violence in the time it took me to write this far exceeds any tiger loss.

Re:I am not offering a defense (2, Insightful)

yogix (865930) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714825)

There is no reason why the Government can't do both (maintain communal harmony and continue conservation efforts). You argument is along the lines of saying that India should not have a space program when it still can't feed its citizens. Yes, resources are required for each of these efforts - but the problem here is not lack of resources, it's the proper utilisation of the same.

Re:What the fuck (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#28715097)

Hey, the Bush administration was over two years ago. Now it's Obama's problem ...

Oh, wait, you were talking about India. Sorry, got a bit confused there for a second.

Re:What the fuck (1)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712107)

so i guess american companies won't be outsourcing their tiger parks to india...

Re:What the fuck (1, Insightful)

richardkelleher (1184251) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712201)

Too late, Cheney took care of that during is first week running the country from some bunker under the naval observatory.

roscoes chicken and waffles opened up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712149)

next town over, maybe the tigers RELOCATED?

Re:What the fuck (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712481)

In a couple of minutes conflicting information on Wikipedia will show that the population of tigers in the tiger park has tripled in the last three months.

Hey, it worked for the elephants!

Re:What the fuck (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713139)

Those people who were supposed to notice the reduction in tigers were missing as well.

Their boss went out to find them, but he did not come back either.

The senior administrator, the only employee left suggested the tigers moved on due to dwindling local food supply.

Re:What the fuck (1)

Geheimagent (679949) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713555)

Your number one priority in a Tiger Park is... to maintain the tiger population. How the fuck do you let 24 tigers die in 36 months? Am I the only one that thinks that maybe after the first 12 months someone should have said, "wait a minute, we've got less tigers now than 12 months ago" and tried to figure out what the fuck was going wrong? How the fuck do you not notice anything is wrong in three years? Surely 24 tigers did not die in the past few months, right?

Go RTFA: "warning bells were sounded regularly for the last eight years", so they did notice, but couldn't come up with the reason for the decline.

Re:What the fuck (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713805)

What is even worse is the argument that 3 other reserves are doing fine... It takes 3 years of poor management to have tigers disappear in a reserve, but you can then have good management during 100 years, they won't spontaneously reappear. Even if you bring new specimens, some biological variation has irremediably been lost.

Re:What the fuck (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713919)

well, these things happen... especially when you use the money for maintaining the park to buy your wife diamond earrings.

Re:What the fuck (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713943)

err... maintain the tiger population?
We thought it was a themed hunting park.

For a measly $10,000 you too can try to bag your own trophy tiger in a natural habitat...
We still have spots left in our other 3 sites, but they're going fast, so contact your Extinction Hunting Tours Representative now before there all gone, forever...

The Market will decide! (2, Insightful)

fantomas (94850) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714069)

Obvious isn't it? "The Market will decide". This famous beastie called the market will decide what survives and what doesn't... and in India where there's a fair few people living on a dollar a day (say a hundred million or so people) then the idea of making a couple of thousand dollars for a days work hunting down and killing (poaching) a tiger seems quite attractive. What would you do for 6 years your current salary as a day's work?

India - developing country - limited resources - can't fund its nature reserves or equip its park rangers like a western country might, versus a lot of folk who see an opportunity to make several years wages in a day.

The west has to take a lot of the blame for reducing the numbers down to where they are right now, hunting tigers in India was big sport at the turn of the last century.

Re:What the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28714155)

i find your outrage more surprising than the fact that 24 of the most endangered animals didnt survive..

how big is the park? maybe its 1 tiger per 100,000 hectares - for all you know..

also maybe they dont have the funds for lots of rangers, or poorly paid rangers open to corruption...

maybe there was a disease that they couldnt afford to research and treat in time

Electronic tracking? (5, Insightful)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712033)

They weren't tracking these things electronically? The technology to track animals has existed for years and surely they would have access to electronic tags and GPS tracking devices.

Re:Electronic tracking? (3, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712067)

They haven't deployed their multi-billion ID cards to the tigers yet....

Re:Electronic tracking? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28714431)

If you've never worked on a wildlife preserve in a country like this, I guess it's hard to understand how understaffed and underfunded they are. I worked on a rhino preserve and these people were happy we brought boots, shovels and hoses for them to use. That's how little they had and how little funding they got. A man actually almost broke down into tears over a waterhose...imagine what they'd do with GPS.

Just because technology exists does not mean it is available.

Re:Electronic tracking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28715123)

I'm thinking of applying for some funding and turning my back garden into a tiger sanctuary. In a few years time, when the money runs out, I'll express regret that all the tigers seem to have died.

Are you quite sure the tigers ever existed?

Coincidentally... (5, Funny)

Hansele (579672) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712061)

The asian manager of the reserve experienced massive penile growth over the past three years, and when asked about the secret of his "LONGevity", he credited "eating tiger pen^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hchinese herbs".

Rock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712065)

So, I guess this rock that's supposed to keep tigers away really does work. Suck it!

Tony the Tiger says... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712069)

They're....GOOOONNNNE!!

(No, really, this is awful news)

Tiger park profit (5, Funny)

SanguineV (1197225) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712091)

I just set up a tiger park in my office - where do I apply for funding to look after the tigers?

Re:Tiger park profit (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712125)

Actually, one of the best ways of preserving a species is making it profitable.
http://books.google.com/books?id=zhXIXRiWPVYC

Re:Tiger park profit (2, Interesting)

RsG (809189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712239)

In this particular case, "profit" is exactly what's driving them to extinction. Idiots demand bits of the tiger anatomy for "natural medicine" (read: impotency cures). Poachers supply them with their magical erection-granting kibbles & bits, slowly killing off the last of the species in the process, and making a tidy profit from their crimes.

Re:Tiger park profit (2, Insightful)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712395)

The free market in action! The invisible hand!

Re:Tiger park profit (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713925)

in india, tiger funds YOU!

Maybe this explains why... (2, Funny)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712137)

I haven't seen Tony the Tiger ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_the_Tiger [wikipedia.org] ) for a while on TV.

Maybe he is from that Park and he has just vanished... ;-(

Duh (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712139)

Humans are destroying everything natural in this world. I just hope we destory things faster so that the Earth can wipe us out and then start over with some newer species that will hopefully not rip the planet apart the way we do. The way we handle everything natural (trees, animals, air, water, soil), we deserve to be added to the list of species that have gone extinct.

What's really amusing is watching people try to rationalize why they deserve to exist. Right, because the species that chooses to force animals to mate in cages in order to be mass-slaughtered for food and clothing, the species that tears down forests to clear space for agrigulture and cities, the species whose members will literally do anything to "get ahead" of their neighbour in terms of money and power, the species who does nothing more than crave constant entertainment and shoveling their faces with as much food as they can get their fat hands on... yes, surely this is the species that deserves to dominate the planet.

Of course, the most disgusting and saddening thing is that almost all people don't see anything wrong with us as a species. That somehow since we're just flesh and blood, everything we do is "natural". Yeah ok. Go back to drinking your Coke or Pepsi. It has absolutely no benefit to your body. But do it anyway, because it tastes good. That's all that matters.

Re:Duh (0, Offtopic)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712211)

This is without question the most insightful thing I have read on /. all week.

Re:Duh (1)

Luke727 (547923) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712265)

i lol'd

Re:Duh (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712285)

You know what? You're right. Please begin the great purge with yourself. Make yourself an example for all of us to follow.

You are truly a great human... No... A truly great living thing!

Congratulations.

Re:Duh (0, Flamebait)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712347)

Go back to throwing paint on socialites.

Re:Duh (1)

JosKarith (757063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714049)

I'm sorry - I've got mod points but have posted on this so can't Underrate your Troll mod. Can someone with mod points please mod parent up.

Re:Duh (1)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714583)

Agreed, same here butI already posted too.

I would have given parent +1 Insightful. I do not have to fully agree with him. Nevertheless, intelligent beings that refuse to question their way of living by looking at it from a different angle are not so bright in my humble opinion.

The troll mod seems to make Slashdot audience looks like narrow-minded.

Thank God. (1)

HideyoshiJP (1392619) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712173)

I'm so glad they got rid of the all the tiger that fouled up the place. It really brought down the whole place.

sad (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712175)

Magnificent animals.

Meanwhile the human population of India goes exponential.

Bribes. (4, Insightful)

mail2345 (1201389) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712185)

The manager lets the poacher hunt the tigers for their own reasons, and gets a chunk of the profit. Everyone is happy except the conservationists and the tigers.

What a backwards nation. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712237)

The manager lets the poacher hunt the tigers for their own reasons, and gets a chunk of the profit. Everyone is happy except the conservationists and the tigers.

fuck.

Re:Bribes. (4, Insightful)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713965)

Sadly that could be true.
Unlike cops in countries like UK and USA, Indian cops don't get paid that much. Neither do they have great insurance coverages: a measly $2,500 is paid to their family if they are killed. Add to that weapons that are antiquated even by 1940s standards. So, you have deadly combination of corruption.
Why would any fool throw away his life for a miserable tiger? So that his family suffers?
No. It would be far better to make sure he's alive & safe & rich. So a tiger gets killed: so what?

Re:Bribes. (1)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714617)

very possible indeed.

It's Really All Quite Simple To Explain (1)

CyberSlammer (1459173) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712191)

They outsourced the Tigers to the United States.

So tiger-free is good now? (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712269)

Reading the headline you'd think that was a good thing. Yay! Our park is now free from those nasty tigers!

Hopefully the tigers just went elsewhere (other than to the great big tiger preserve in the sky). No, I did not read the article. :)

The Tiger (3, Insightful)

mindbrane (1548037) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712271)

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire? And what shoulder, and what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? and what dread feet? What the hammer? what the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp? When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Tiger! Tiger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake

Given that I'm a strong environmentalist my bias is unabashedly strong, but as a confirmed atheist even I can say that if we loose this species by way of our ignorance and greed we may have grounds for establishing original sin in our kind.

Re:The Tiger (4, Funny)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712301)

Given that I'm a strong environmentalist my bias is unabashedly strong, but as a confirmed atheist even I can say that if we loose this species by way of our ignorance and greed we may have grounds for establishing original sin in our kind.

Depending where you loose it, it is probably a crime as well.

Re:The Tiger (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712493)

Sokay we can just clone them from DNA samples in a few decades. Then our great-great-grandchildren will know the joys of a good tiger steak!

Re:The Tiger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712967)

Let ole planet Earth roll on her belly a few hundred million more times and she'll come up with a replacement.

Re:The Tiger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28713169)

Let ole planet Earth roll on her belly a few hundred million more times and she'll come up with a replacement.

She already did: Us. We are the undisputed apex predator.

next stop, tiger free world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28712527)

Why go to tiger free park when you can go to tiger free world.

rock (5, Funny)

arazor (55656) | more than 5 years ago | (#28712595)

Turns out Lisa's rock really did work.

ridiculous (5, Interesting)

nixish (1390127) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713081)

poaching is rampant there and i would not be surprised if some of the park officials are in on it. However, that's not the real cause. The real cause would be its demand in primarily oriental countries like China, Vietnam etc where they use tiger meat and bones (I think every part of their body) for medicinal/spiritual purposes. I think the open border into India's Himalayan neighbor Nepal has also affected Nepal's own tiger and rhino population. Hope the NGO's and the government clamps down these poachers. I am not sure what the remedy to the demand from the Oriental countries is besides Education and stricter rules about imports of the remains of these Endangered species.

Re:ridiculous (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28714515)

The only remedy has got to be education at every level to convince people that a) tiger penises don't make you more virile and b) if people keep demanding tiger penises, there won't be any left for those who need them most (i.e., the lady tigers).

Perhaps films with plotlines involving men becoming permanently infertile and impotent due to rhino horn and tiger genitals.

Maybe someone can invent 'synthetic tiger-willy', rumoured to be 100 times more potent than real tiger-willy.

Subtle media association of 'tiger' with 'incredibly, flamboyantly, irredeemably gay'. And 'rhino horn' with 'likes to suck off men'.

Maybe even some boring, old-fashioned, public information films about the plight of the tiger, unscrupulous poachers and the scam charlatans selling the 'remedies'â"aimed at the end market, not the country of origin.

Wow (1)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713291)

I guess I was lucky. I was able to see one at the Corbett reserve in Ramnagar last year (there aren't too many and they're very people-shy- I was there three days, went all over the park and only saw one). Sounds like with the typical poor governance/law enforcement and general bad management in India the poachers are having a field day. Who knows how many more years anybody will be able to find a tiger in a tiger park in India?

Damn Poachers (1)

seekret (1552571) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713303)

They should just start shooting poachers on site and selling their body parts to the Chinese. Everyone wins. The article did say it's possible the tigers migrated to another park, but if they weren't keeping track of them I guess it's going to be hard to verify.

What did the tigers eat ? (1)

noddyxoi (1001532) | more than 5 years ago | (#28713993)

Could they have died from starvation ? a tiger must eat alot of freshly hunted food. It is not only the tigers that must be preserved, it's the whole food chain bellow the tiger !

Free as in beer (2, Funny)

ciderVisor (1318765) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714211)

Is this one of the 4 Freedoms I keep hearing about ?

Well thats a relief.. (2, Funny)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714339)

Tigers are clearly a danger to the parks visitors so the new visitor safety campaign appears to be a great success and tourists can now roam freely around the tiger park without worrying that they or their children might become a tiger snack.

In what sense is it a tiger park, without tigers (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28714351)

Hyde Park in central London is as much a tiger park as the one in India. No doubt my back garden could be a hippopotamus reserve too.

This makes India the laughing stock of the world. It is difficult to see how they could be more inept.

Still, they don't care. More space to build the high rises and shopping malls now.

Poaching and the rise of china too. (3, Insightful)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714511)

Expect heavy pressure on all products derived from mega fauna due to the new found wealth and affordability of china. Rhino horns, elephant ivory, bengal tiger skin, claws and other body parts...

The salary and benefits of a typical forest ranger in India is about 250$ a month, while his nephew in the city with barely passable English makes some 700$ a month in IT, phone bank, help desk jobs and more if technically qualified. Any wonder the warden turns a blind eye to poaching and accepts bribes?

You can joke all you want (4, Informative)

pinkushun (1467193) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714599)

But I see a world that's getting more screwed by humanity every day; we're all guilty.

Aww come on, (1, Funny)

zwarte piet (1023413) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714637)

I can't believe people still fall for this hoax... There is no such thing as tigers!

O RLY (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 5 years ago | (#28714941)

Three of state's reserve forests - Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench - have been adjudged among the best managed tiger reserves in the country."

Have you counted the tigers there recently?

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