Sunday, November 26, 2006

Indian Forest Dept. provides technical/veterinary support to wild carnivores

Technical and veterinary support provided to wild carnivores cared by the Maharashtra Forest Department

Friday 24 November 2006 at 23:00

This project aimed to provide technical and veterinary support to wild caught carnivores that had to be cared by the Maharashtra Forest Department (India). In the case of carnivores (mainly leopards), researchers inserted microchips (or PIT tags) so that they could be identified in case of recapture following translocation. Most of their visits were to the Nashik and Ahmadnagar Forest Divisions. As part of their work researchers also provided recommendations to the field staff and senior officers for better managing human-leopard conflict. They also used the opportunity to obtain measurements of leopards. The most important result of this work is the documentation that leopards can live in high density human inhabitations without any attacks on people. It is important that management action consider this aspect when devising management strategies to deal with human leopard conflict. Download the project report: Athreya, V.R. & A.V. Belsare. 2006. Providing the Maharashtra Forest Department technical and veterinary support to better deal with wild animals that require human intervention . Technical report submitted to Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi and the Office of the Chief Wildlife Warden, Maharashtra.

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