|Categories||Conflict, Forests, Mammals|
|Date||14 Apr 2003|
Leopards are an endangered species with a ubiquitous presence in the Indian countryside. Their high degree of versatility and adaptability allows them to co-exist with humans however recent times have seen an increase in conflict between the two. Lethal control of leopards is not allowed by the Indian government due to its endangered status and the demand for this species in wildlife trade. There is high demand for their skin, bones and body parts, and large seizures of these items from poachers occur.
This study aims to identify and train five teams in handling emergencies arising out of this conflict. It also aims to insert microchips in all leopards and any other species of wild endangered carnivores to gather information which can be used to reduce conflict. The study will have far-reaching consequences even at a national level since such training is lacking and also since human-wildlife conflicts are occurring with increasing frequency in various parts of India.
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