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Fishing Cat Protection Committee
Tiasa Adhya just shared super good news about a Fishing Cat Protection Committee and a special video of a fishing cat taken by local youth — for details see www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org.
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Update from Dr. Sanderson:
I just returned from a visit to Sri Lanka.
Attached see pics of our road signs, and the rehab enclosure we built. It has two residents. We buy the materials, the land belongs to government, and the army builds it according to our drawings, at no cost to us. They also pay for half the food costs.
The cats love the running water as you can see. When we turned the pump on both cats ran from the box and onto the top of the waterfall.
One cat who had been snared, had severed the tendons in a rear leg, but still can make it to the top.
And he can still catch fish.
A rusty-spotted cat came in and had to have its leg amputated. We now need another $4,000.00 USD to build a similar enclosure for rusty-spotted cats. He is currently at the vet, and was destined to be sent to a terrible zoo.
Instead, Ashan Thudugala is already designing the dual enclosure. I don’t think this enclosure will need a pool or waterfall but its hard to imagine any cat in Sri Lanka avoiding water.
Next week an International film crew will be filming the fishing cats at the center.
Thanks for all your help.
Jim Sanderson, Ph.D.
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“As far as I know this is the best fishing cat enclosure in south Asia which has more space, cages, pond with live fish and a waterfall. Currently we have two fishing cats in the cage and we already released two wounded cats after treating.
But as Jim said, we plan to build a another cage for rusty spotted cats at the same place. Thank you again.
Best regards, Ashan Thudugala
Sid Francis wrote:
On 13 September, Dan and Honey Jones and I sighted a Pallas’ cat south of Flower Lake in the Ruoergai Grasslands, Sichuan, China. This was my first sighting of this cat in the area for three years!!! This location is just a few hundred meters away from where I sighted the Chinese Mountain cat in autumn last year.
The Pallas’ cat was sitting on a high pile of stones at a disused quarry site. We scoped from around 300 m and watched for around 5 minutes. It was very wary, observing passing motorbikes, and finally disappeared when we got within 200 m of the site.
A million thanks to all those, who supported the work of our members!
- In September 2015, Anya Ratnayaka received a grant for buying camera traps for her Fishing Cat studies in Colombo from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and a US Embassy’s Youth Empowerment Grant to conduct workshops and awareness campaigns.
- In September 2015, Sagar Dahal received a grant for his project “Identification of survey sites of Fishing Cat in the Terai of Nepal” from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
- In September 2015, Sagar Dahal received a grant for his project “Re-accessing and identifying the conservation needs of Fishing Cat after 1836 in Bankalwa, Sunsari, Nepal” from the Rufford Small Grants Foundation, Fishing Cat Conservancy and Wild Oasis.
- In April 2015, the Fishing Cat Working Group received a grant from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for the First International Fishing Cat Conservation Symposium.
- In April 2015, Tiasa Adhya and Partha Dey received a grant for their project “Towards legal protection for the endangered Fishing Cat through Community Reserve (IUCN Protected Area Category IV), suburban Calcutta, West Bengal” from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
Anya & Maalu’s Fishing Cat Story
It was a Friday. A very boring Friday. Well, at least I think it was a Friday… Either way, it was a dull day. I was doing my usual annoy the dogs routine when I got a call.
A call about a fishing cat.
At first, the call was just boring old work stuff, and I think the topic of the cat just happened to pop up. It may have been a phone call about work, but then Maalu, being the sneaky devil that he was, quietly slipped into the conversation.
“Ade, guess what? We are looking after an orphaned fishing cat.”
“A what now?” At the time I was researching leopards, and knew very little about fishing cats.
“A fishing cat. Your uncle did a study on them 6 years ago. Come see it.”
Of course at this point the only thing that I could think of was OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE TO SEE THIS THING NOW!!! But I calmly said yup would love to, and got off the phone – I couldn’t really start squealing like a little kid who was promised a puppy, could I?
The next day I was ready. With my camera in hand, I set out to see this fishing cat. When I got to the location, which the cat called home at the time, I proceeded to tiptoe into the room, and then I saw him.
There he was sitting on the ground, with a soggy fuchsia sock in his mouth. Eyes wide. Paws tucked under. Stubby tail twitching. The only thing that could remotely explain what I thought at that point is perfectly depicted by Agnes from Despicable Me, when she sees the pink and white unicorn at the carnival. Only difference was that I couldn’t grab him and run off.
DENVER (AP) — Scores of fierce-looking lynx roam the remote Colorado high country, 16 years after they were reintroduced to the state. But the elusive animals are rarely seen or photographed.
Now state researchers have captured photos of lynx as they prowl the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Using automated cameras mounted in trees, the researchers are studying where lynx live and how well they’re doing, said Eric Odell, manager of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s carnivore conservation program.
Odell estimates 200 to 300 lynx live in Colorado but no one knows for sure. He hopes to get several years’ worth of data to track their range over time.
Some key questions about lynx and the monitoring program:
WHAT ARE LYNX?
Lynx are medium-size cats with delicately tufted ears, short tails and broad, kitten-like paws. They can be nearly 3 feet long and weigh as much as 30 pounds. Their big paws work like snowshoes, helping them walk across powdery snow, Odell said. They’re widespread in Canada and Alaska but scarcer in the 48 contiguous states, where they are protected as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. They primarily hunt snowshoe hares.
WHERE ARE THEY IN COLORADO?
Colorado began reintroducing lynx in 1999 after they disappeared from the state in the 1970s because of hunting, poisoning and development. The lynx were captured in Canada and Alaska and released in the San Juan Mountains. The transplanted cats began having kittens by 2003, and Colorado-born lynx have been having kittens ever since. They mostly live in spruce and fir forests above 9,000 feet elevation.
WHY TAKE THEIR PICTURES?
The cameras are part of an effort to see how much of their potential habitat the lynx are occupying. Researchers randomly chose 50 plots of land, each one about 29 square miles, and began monitoring last winter. They also visit more accessible plots on snowmobiles or skis to look for lynx tracks, scat and fur.
WHY NOT JUST COUNT THEM?
Counting lynx is expensive and labor-intensive. Unlike some species, individual lynx aren’t distinguishable by appearance, so they have to be captured multiple times to document their status, Odell said. The study is also less invasive.
HOW DO THE CAMERAS WORK?
The cameras’ motion detectors trigger the shutter when animals walk into view. At night, they use an infrared flash so the lynx don’t know they’re being photographed. Crews seal the battery-powered cameras inside weather-tight cases and mount them in trees before the snow begins to fall and retrieve them after the snow melts. Odell expects to deploy 124 cameras this winter, about the same as last winter.
WHEN WERE THE PHOTOS TAKEN?
Researchers got some lynx photos in 2011. Last winter was the first season for the full study. Odell hopes the state will fund the study for 10 years.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
The first year of the study cost about $40,000, Odell said.
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Arash Ghoddousi wrote:
This Pallas’ cat was photographed in Khosh Yeylagh, one of the oldest reserves in Iran, after more than 10 years since the last observation. The cat was accompanied by a cub.
Khosh Yeylagh reserve is located in the east of the Alborz Mountains in northern Iran.
This and one more photo by courtesy of Iran Environment and Wildlife Watch.
Nasanbat Battogtokh sent this photo and wrote:
On 29 June, one of our camera traps captured a Pallas’ cat near “Suuj” spring behind “Tsagaan bogd” mountain in the Trans-Altai Gobi, Mongolia.
Meet Ret Thaung and her team in coastal wetlands of Cambodia. See the first videos now at www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org
And the other good news is that Ret will come our symposium in November. We all look forward to meet her soon!!
Tiasa and her team made it again into the news. Read why at www.fishing-cat.wild-cat.org
Big Cat Rescue helped fund this project.
The Hindustan Times (Kolkata) published this article:
The Howrah Zilla Parishad has teamed up with an army of conservationists to save the fishing cat, the state animal of Bengal now considered an endangered species.
The Zilla Parishad has assured help to the conservationists, who had proposed to use the three-tier panchayat administration to raise public awareness on the endangered animal.
Though the numbers have been dwindling elsewhere in the state, Howrah is still home to a sizeable contingent of fishing cats.
“This is arguably the first time that all three tiers of the panchayat system will be used to save an endangered animal. Plans are afoot to form a Baghrol Bachao Committee (Save Fishing Cat Committee) in every village (in the Howrah Zilla Parishad area) to raise public awareness on the animal that now faces extinction,” Manas Basu, a top forest and land official of Howrah Zilla Parishad, told HT.