|Town/Region||Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra|
|Date||28 Feb 2008|
Over a period of four months, extensive data collection will be carried out in the study site, falling into the following catagories:
2. Mapping: mapping techniques using GIS will be employed to provide a better picture of patterns in wolf presence. We will be taking coordinates at sites of all known wolf attacks, as well as locations of all attacks that may occur during the study period. In addition, an estimation of wolf density and range will be obtained by surveying the area for scats.
3. Dietary analysis: Scats collected will be analysed for prey remains, to determine the extent to which livestock depredation is a part of wolf diet.
Once data is collected and analysed, we will be able to formulate potential mitigating actions that may be taken to reduce the conflict, and we will be advising both residents and forestry officials of steps that may be taken to reduce losses to wolf depredation. Given the extent of wolf presence in India and the widespread conflict that occurs at interfaces between burgeoning human populations and native predator species, we hope that our findings will facilitate the mitigation of similar conflicts elsewhere.
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