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Phorate Poisoning of a Tiger (Panthera tigris) in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India


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1 Department of Wildlife Science, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai, India
2 Kil Kotagiri, Kotagiri, Nilgiris district, India
     

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India is an agricultural country animal husbandry has always been associated with agriculture. People still thrive upon animal products such as milk, meat and manure intensely for their essentialities. India has a huge cattle population and most of them graze in areas close to forests and their fringes competing for their pastoral needs with other wild animals. This then leads to human-wildlife conflicts, which tends to culminate in a number of tragic outcomes, including wild animal poisoning. Poisoning is perceived as an easy way for people to rid themselves of wild animals. Numerous factors, including the type of agriculture practices conducted, public knowledge regarding toxicity of a specific product, cost, availability in the local market place and physical properties such as color, taste and odor a determine the extent to which specific pesticides are used to deliberately poison wild animals. This paper deals with a case of Phorate poisoning, which is an agrochemical, in a tiger in kil kotagiri estate, kil kotagiri, Nilgiris district. An empty sachet of phorate was found close by. This was confirmed by the result from Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL).The tiger is however is and cannot adapt to diverse conditions. It is often observed within the core and in the buffer zones surrounding Protected Areas and Managed Forests. Therefore the loss of an apex predator, that holds a significant position in the upper trophic level, will have deleterious effect on the balance, ultimately threatening human survival directly and indirectly.

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Phorate Poisoning, Tiger, Wild Pigs, Conflict.
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Boon Allwin
Department of Wildlife Science, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai
India

DEPARMENT OF WILDLIFE SCIENCE,Ph.D SCHOLAR

Stalin Vedamanickam
Kil Kotagiri, Kotagiri, Nilgiris district
India

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY DEPARTMENTVETERINARY SURGEON


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  • Phorate Poisoning of a Tiger (Panthera tigris) in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India

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Boon Allwin
Department of Wildlife Science, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai, India
Stalin Vedamanickam
Kil Kotagiri, Kotagiri, Nilgiris district, India

Abstract


India is an agricultural country animal husbandry has always been associated with agriculture. People still thrive upon animal products such as milk, meat and manure intensely for their essentialities. India has a huge cattle population and most of them graze in areas close to forests and their fringes competing for their pastoral needs with other wild animals. This then leads to human-wildlife conflicts, which tends to culminate in a number of tragic outcomes, including wild animal poisoning. Poisoning is perceived as an easy way for people to rid themselves of wild animals. Numerous factors, including the type of agriculture practices conducted, public knowledge regarding toxicity of a specific product, cost, availability in the local market place and physical properties such as color, taste and odor a determine the extent to which specific pesticides are used to deliberately poison wild animals. This paper deals with a case of Phorate poisoning, which is an agrochemical, in a tiger in kil kotagiri estate, kil kotagiri, Nilgiris district. An empty sachet of phorate was found close by. This was confirmed by the result from Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL).The tiger is however is and cannot adapt to diverse conditions. It is often observed within the core and in the buffer zones surrounding Protected Areas and Managed Forests. Therefore the loss of an apex predator, that holds a significant position in the upper trophic level, will have deleterious effect on the balance, ultimately threatening human survival directly and indirectly.

Keywords


Phorate Poisoning, Tiger, Wild Pigs, Conflict.

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