December,20, 2010 | Faizan Haider – (Hindustan Times Gurgaon)
Gurgaon : wildlife activists are fuming over the killing of a leopard in mewat on saturday and have blamed the forest department for not creating awareness among villagers.
Under much criticism, the forest department has now decided to organize seminars in villages near the aravalli foothills so that villagers do not attack wild animals in the furute.
“it is we who are entering their habitat and animals are not coming out of their natural habitat. Killing leopards is not the solution. The forest department should ensure the safety of big cats,” said vivek kamboj of ngo haryali.
A case under the wildelife Act 1872 has been registered against the villagers. “I will talk to the village seniors and arrange an awareness campaign in the region. Villagers need to know how to handle the situation if they see a stray leopard,” said Satyabhan, wildlife conservator of Gurgaon region.
According to animal activists, the change in land use from forest to commercial and residential has spelled doom for wildlife of the area. Even tigers could be spotted in Gurgaon forests till a few years ago.
According to villagers, there are around eight leopards in the area. “Leopards have always inhabited the Aravalli forests but due to illegal mining and widespread development of commercial and residential complexes, only a few are left. They sometimes come out to nearby villagers who attack them,” said a forest department official.
CRUELTY TO BIG CATS
November 12, 2010: A female leopard was seriously injured after being attacked by local Mewat villagers
July 11, 2010: Owner of a farmhouse in Aravalli set up a trap after his dog was attacked by a wild cat
September 1, 2008: A leopard died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle on NH-8s
(It is we who are entering their habitat. Killing leopards is not a solution. VIVEK KAMBOJ. activist)