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Census to count big cat population in aravali hills

To ascertain the actual number of leopards and other endangered animals, the wildlife department has begun a survey in the forest range of the Aravali hills.

india Updated: May 11, 2012 02:09 IST
Divya Sethi

To ascertain the actual number of leopards and other endangered animals, the wildlife department has begun a survey in the forest range of the Aravali hills.

A team of 150 wildlife experts are conducting the survey and they will submit the report by the end of this month.

“It is an effort to know the exact number of leopards and other wild animals. After the survey, we would be able to make better plans to protect them,” said Satyawan Singh, conservator, district wildlife department.

According to sources, in 1996, there were 24 leopards in the district. Ten years later, the number reached 30. Officials are hopeful that the number of wild cats must have increased further since 2006, when the Supreme Court ordered a ban on mining activities in the area.

Experts say that many leopards used to flee from the forest after hearing blasts sounds triggered by mining equipment.

Several times, leopards have trespassed residential areas as well. Illegal mining and hunting had threatened the existence of leopards in the region.