Environment Ministry Guidelines advise against capture and relocation of leopards

The Environment Ministry has issued guidelines to the States for dealing with man-leopard conflicts. The guidelines advise against the capture and relocation of leopards as their homing instinct will bring them back into the area again and cause more problems. These guidelines and others come from the experience in Maharashtra which has brought down the number of leopard encounters significantly in second half of the previous decade. According to Jairam Ramesh, “In India, tigers face a crisis of extinction, and the elephant faces a crisis of attrition. However, with the leopard it is a crisis of adaption and it must be dealt that way”.

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