Joseph Hoover

  • Kerala government pitches for night traffic ban on Bandipura Road to be lifted, hand of smugglers lobby likely 20-04-2015 12:53 PM

    Bandipura (Mysore): Global warming and climate change are on top of the United Nation's agenda. These are the most discussed subjects during the Earth Summit. But these critical life-changing issues don't seem to matter to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Though the Supreme Court had rejected Kerala's appeal to lift...
  • Prakash Javadekar and NGO squabble, time to put environment before dollars 11-02-2015 01:03 PM

    Bengaluru: Tiger numbers may have increased over 25 per cent, from 1740 to 2286, in the Indian forest landscape. But let us not get excited. There are too many loopholes that dog our conservation policies, detrimental to the future of our flagship species. The problem is at three levels. It...
  • Rise in Tiger number & Special Tiger Protection Force woes 06-02-2015 06:41 PM

    Bengaluru: A couple of weeks ago we were cock-a-hoop about tiger numbers increasing in the country. Now, we are a worried lot as we are losing tigers regularly to poisoning and poaching. Natural deaths do occur due to territorial fights. But death through poisoning is threatening the very existence of...
  • Karnataka forests bound to have more tiger trobule next year 26-12-2014 03:32 PM

    Bengaluru: As we head into the New Year, we have to brace ourselves for more man-animal conflicts in the periphery of all tiger reserves in Karnataka. We are bound to have more tiger trouble. The recent man-eating incident near the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is just the beginning of what is...
  • Tigress found dead in Billigiri Ranga Temple reserve 01-10-2012 02:43 PM

    Bangalore: A tigress was found dead in the Billigiri Ranga Temple tiger reserve in Karnataka by forest staff on Sunday. Unlike in past instances when the claws had been removed from the carcass, every part of the animal's body was intact, ruling out any human interference. According the Dr Vijay...
  • Poachers galore in TN, Karnataka tiger reserves 25-07-2012 04:07 PM

    Bangalore: Even as the Supreme Court's order to ban tourism in core areas of tiger reserves is being hailed by wildlife conservationists, disconcerting news trickles down from Madumalai and Bandipur tiger reserves that hard-core poachers are still at large in the forests of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Close on the...
  • Elephantine problem 21-05-2012 01:25 PM

    A tiger death raises a million eye brows. An investigation is immediately sought. Conservationists make a hue and cry demanding the arrest of the poacher. But they don't show same intensity of concern when an elephant dies due to poaching or electrocution. Invariably the blame is thrust on elephants for...
  • Nagarhole Tiger Reserve smoulders, but who cares? 05-03-2012 05:48 PM

    Over 6000 acres of pristine forest cover has been reduced to ashes in four ranges of the hallowed Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. But there hardly seems to be a sense of remorse amongst senior wildlife officials in Karnataka. In fact, the Field Director " Project Tiger (Mr Hosmath) and Mr Vijay...
  • Forest fire in Karnataka's tiger reserves 29-02-2012 04:40 PM

    Nagarhole: We have seen forest fires in tiger reserves in the past. But never have we come across an inferno of the magnitude that engulfed vast swathes of Nagarhole tiger reserve last week. Over 3000 acres of forest have been completely gutted. In its fiery rage, spreading its deadly tentacles...