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Tigers/tigers and skunks


Hello Srinivasa!  Hope all is well.

Tigers and skunks, as far as I know, never meet in the wild.  Skunk spray can deter many animals, including bears, and the owl is the only predator undetered by the skunks's defenses.  If tigers lived with skunks, would they be able to successfully predate upon them?

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  Hello friend, your question is a very good one and really debatable.
  Tigers are in fact the largest cats on the earth and are rightly called as the kings of jungles. Even the smallest extant tiger subspecies, the sumatran tiger, is larger than an ordinary, average leopard, with males ranging between 100-140 kg and females averaging between 75-100 kg. It is understandable that they usually prefer larger animals rather than smaller ones, proportionate to their own colossal size. They usually prefer animals weighing more than 50 kg for their diet. The royal bengal tigers are capable of killing even the biggest bovine animal in the wild, a 1000 kg massive bull gaur. Skunks are much smaller, weighing around 1-8 kg depending on the species, so usually tigers will leave them alone, because the effort they have to spend to catch them is much greater than the reward. It is only because of the smaller size of the skunks that the tigers leave them alone, not because of their foul smelling spray. Tigers, in fact all the members of cat family, have very poor sense of smell and they are highly unlikely to be deterred by the scent. If the tiger doesn't get anything to eat for many days or it becomes weaker to kill larger prey due to any reason, it may kill the skunks.


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I can answer most questions related to wildlife. I love nature to such an extent that I have even created my e-mail id in the name of one of the most beautiful birds of western ghats, malabar trogon. I am particularly interested in mammals and birds, but can also answer questions related to reptiles and amphibians. One can ask questions related to taxonomy also.


Frankly speaking, I don't have any experience of working in this field officially, but interest is my biggest strength and since I am from malnad region, I live in the midst of nature. Birdwatching is my favorite hobby and Salim Ali's "The book of indian birds" is my all-time companion whereever I go. I want to do something for the conservation of our rapidly dwindling wildlife...

Recently I have joined India Nature Watch and have posted some photographs, but I am still the beginner in the field. I have a lot of interest to grow in this field and looking for opportunities.

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I have completed my graduation with Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science as my main subjects. I completed graduation in 2009 with 86.41%. Even though I never studied Biology as a main subject, but that didn't affect my love for wildlife in any way. I tried to join M.Sc course in NCBS. I even passed the entrance exam, but I failed to clear the next steps. So i had to postpone my ideas temparorily.

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