Sunday, October 10, 2010

The 'Lost' Tiger Population In Bhutan Was Never Missing

Yawn...old news!

Mid September 2010 we had the start of a flurry of stories about a 'lost' tiger population in Bhutan. Here are some of the links:

Lost tiger population discovered in Bhutan mountains

High altitude tigers discovered in Bhutan

'Lost' Tiger Population Discovered in Himalayas

Lost tiger population discovered

Wonderful news of course. New information, research, photographs and all. But didn't anyone check? This population was not lost because it had never gone missing in the first place. If you would like to read more I would refer you to this link:

Tiger Conservation Enhancement in Bhutan
Final report submitted July 2001
Read the paper with interest. You will find the following quote:

Tigers at 3400 meters altitude!
"Rumors of tiger sightings in the high mountain altitudes were reported but never substantiated until a camera trap placed by a team conducting a wildlife survey in ThrumshingLa National Park captured a tiger on film at 3400 meters. The picture and news of the tiger at ThrumshingLa spread quickly both within and outside the country. WWF-Bhutan received many questions and requests from abroad asking for more information. The report on wildlife survey will be made available on request."

Note: Thanks to my colleague in Indonesia for making me aware of the link.

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