Tuesday, 26 February 2019

ARTICLE: Decoding the human-leopard conflict

In Jalandhar last week, a leopard injured four people in a dramatic encounter in a densely populated neighbourhood.

The leopard attack in Pune’s Mundhwa suburb in which at least five people, including three who were trying to capture it, were injured, adds to the list of conflict events involving the big cat that have become increasingly common over the past several years.

Why do leopards enter areas populated by humans? Contrary to popular perception, a leopard that is seen amidst people has not “strayed” from its “natural habitat”. Big cats have a superior awareness of their coordinates and purpose.
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