Saturday, 9 March 2013

How does a tiger cross a fence?

March 2013. There has recently been a debate about fencing some tiger reserves in India - Is it good or bad for wildlife? Whatever the debate, if the fences are no good, the debate is academic.

This tiger was seen and photographed leaping the fence that was built around part of Bandhavgarh National Park. It is thought that some tigers have been injured while negotiating this fence. The photos were sent to us by Satyendra Tiwari of Skay's Camp, prompted by the images we published last week of a lynx and kitten passing through a wildlife fence very easily.

In Africa, a debate has just started about the benefits of fencing in some lion populations for their own protection. A recent study seems to show that lions have a better future if separated from humans by fences - The fence keeps humans out of lion habitat, and vice versa, reducing conflict between the species.

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