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    Leopard kills boy, 6th death in 7 months
    By Linah Baliga, TNN | Jan 28, 2013, 02.59 AM IST

    MUMBAI: A 10-year-old boy, Saurabh Yadav, was mauled to death by a leopard on Saturday at Adarsh Nagar in Aarey. This is the sixth death due to a leopard attack in Mumbai in the past seven months. Saurabh had gone to attend nature's call with his friend around 7.30pm when the animal dragged him inside the forest. His friend started screaming for help. The police later recovered Saurabh's mauled body.

    "The area falls under Thane forest jurisdiction. There is a cheap paid public toilet, but locals invite trouble by squatting in the open. They also strew garbage around, which attracts pigs and dogs, easy prey for leopards," said Santosh Saste, assistant conservator of forests (vigilance), Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).

    The other big problem is that the national park boundary is patchy and not continuous, making people living in Aarey vulnerable to big cat attacks.

    Jalpesh Mehta, founder, Empower Foundation, who has been working on SGNP's man-animal conflict, said that early Saturday morning they got a call from tribals informing them that a female leopard was trapped inside Aarey Milk Colony's Mataipada.

    "It was a female leopard. We were told there was a male leopard roaring in the periphery of the area. We transported the female leopard to SGNP. Our team has been tracking it through its droppings, pug marks and regular information from locals. Even as we surmised that the leopards were in search of food, we got a call that a boy was attacked," said Mehta.

    Mehta said the only solution is co-existence wherein people will have to change their lifestyles by not venturing out in the forest at night for nature's call and not dumping garbage on which dogs and pigs feed, thereby attracting leopards.
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    Mrudul Godbole

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    One more news about Leopards in SNGP. The conflict of the Leopards with the locals is increasing in Mumbai..

    Female leopard trapped in Aarey
    By Linah Baliga, TNN | Jan 28, 2013, 02.23 AM IST

    MUMBAI: Apart from locals squatting in the open and dumping garbage around the fringes of the national park, the other big problem is that the national park boundary is patchy and not continuous, making people living in Aarey vulnerable to leopard attacks.

    Jalpesh Mehta, founder, Empower Foundation, who has been working on SGNP's man-animal conflict, said that early Saturday morning they got a call from tribals informing them that a female leopard was trapped inside Aarey Milk Colony's Mataipada.

    "It was a female leopard. We were told there was a male leopard roaring in the periphery of the area. We transported the female leopard to SGNP. Our team had been tracking it through its droppings, pug marks and getting regular information from locals. Even as we surmised that the leopards were in search for food, we received a call that a boy was attacked," said Mehta.

    Mehta said the only solution is co-existence wherein people will have to change their lifestyles by not venturing out in the forest at night for nature's call and not dump garbage on which dogs and pigs feed, thereby attracting leopards.
    Regards,
    Mrudul Godbole

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    Something needs to be done about this Leopard - Human conflict on urgent basis. Human settlements are too close to the forest & at some places right inside the forest.

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