alexa A STUDY OF THE MAN – LEOPARD CONFLICT IN THE JUNNAR FOREST DIVISION, PUNE DISTRICT, MAHARASHTRA
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Journal of Forensic Research

Author(s): VIDYA R ATHREYA, SANJAY S THAKUR, SUJOY CHAUDHURI, ANIRUDDHA V BELSARE

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The western Indian state of Maharashtra, which reported a population of 513 leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) in 2001, has in recent times seen an escalation in man – leopard conflicts in various parts of the state. The highest intensity of conflict has been reported from the Junnar, Ambegaon and Khed talukas of the Junnar Forest Division (JFD), situated in the northwest corner of the Pune district. The conflict in the JFD was restricted to about 1590 km2 of a total of 4360 km2 that comprises the affected talukas of the JFD. Fifty-one people were attacked between 2001 and 2003 in the JFD of which 18 people died and 33 were injured. In the same period, 103 successful trapping instances of leopards were carried out by the Maharashtra Forest Department in the JFD.

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