35 leopards spotted in and around Sanjay Gandhi National Park

After leopards had regularly been spotted in the residential areas, a research was conducted by the National Information Center (NIC) on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, to find out the reason behind these incidents.

Shailesh Bhagwan Deore, a Range Forest Officer, said, “Over 30 people were attacked between the year 2004 and 2006, which has been the highest number until now.”

The research that was conducted between Dec 2014 and April 2015 by the Wildlife Institute of India revealed that the leopard density of the entire area is about 21.6 per 100 sq km.

According to experts, the animals cannot understand the boundaries. “Even if we make a 10 feet wall, they will jump out.”

The study found that around thirty-five leopards were pictured at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

About 140 square km of SGNP was combed to do the research for over 44 days.

A resident of Mira Road, who worked with the park officials said, “The area was divided into 2X2 square km grids, and there was a camera in each of them between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

High-speed motion sensor cameras were tied to the forest trees to count the leopards and their preys. The maximum photo captures were of human beings.

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