Maharashtra: Committee set as much as research improve in leopard deaths

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In view of the rise within the variety of leopard deaths and human-animal battle within the state, the forest division on Thursday arrange an 11-member committee headed by Additional Principal Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sunil Limaye.
The committee will research the rise within the quantity and reason behind leopard deaths, improve in lack of human life resulting from leopard assaults and recommend measures to manage the identical. The report shall be submitted in three months.
According to a division report, 173 leopards have died within the state between January and November in 2020 – a rise of over 57 per cent from the earlier yr. Of the 173 deaths, 85 died of pure causes, 64 resulting from accidents, 17 resulting from poaching and 7 from electrocution.
The report additionally discovered a three-fold improve in lack of human life resulting from leopard assaults. While eight individuals died in man-animal battle in 2019, the quantity had gone as much as 23 until final November. A complete of 37 leopards have been rescued this yr.