Ravinder Singh Malik
Haryana will witness a spurt in the population of leopards as a plan of bringing four leopards from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh has been approved by these states. The Kanpur and Mysore zoos have agreed to shift four of the leopards to Morni.The increase in the number of leopards should gladden the wildlife lovers. It is pertinent to mention here that the population of leopards in Haryana was almost 60 about five years ago which has now gone one and half times up.
These leopards will be brought to Morni in the Shivalik region which also covers Pinjore, Baddi and Ambala.”The Mysore and Kanpur zoos have agreed to the proposal. Besides, the department has decided to carry out a census of leopards in the Morni area,” said Conservator of Forests ML Rajvanshi. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, will conduct the census, he added.The recent incidents where leopards entered the city limits were alarming. The data will help the department to come up with elaborate planning.
Once the department gets the exact number of leopards in the area, a detailed and foolproof plan would be charted out to prevent leopards from entering human habitat. It is learnt that many leopards have died in road accidents in the state. The census will also help the officials of the department to make a strategy to keep leopards away from highways. It is difficult to determine the exact number of leopards in Haryana as they sometimes move to the adjoining forests in Himachal Pardesh.The Aravali range includes Gurugram, Palwal, Faridabad, Rewari and Mahendergarh districts. Also, about 30 leopards were in the Shivalik Range five years ago which have gone now up to 45 now.
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