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Leopard that escaped tracking systems trapped (Nov)

Deccan Chronicle , New Delhi11th  November, 2013
Bengaluru: She was wild and captured. She was chosen as the first leopard in the state to be radio collared by the wildlife scientists. But she gave everybody a miss when she escaped the gadget and vanished into the wild.
The incident occurred at Gundia forest region where she was released after being collared. She was trapped in Kallugudanahalli near Hassan after she made several attempts to kill the livestock. The scientists, who were tracking her movement, found that the signals were emitting from the same location for a longer period. When the location was checked the collar was fallen near a waterhole.
The forest department has however clarified that there is no need to worry over losing the radio collar as a leopard cub is already being tracked by the similar collar in Hassan for the last few days.
Sanjay Gubbi, Tiger Programme Coordinator, for Panthera organisation, who is conducting the radio-collar experiment, said that it's common thing in studies using radio collaring.
“The leopard had a wound on the forehead hence had swelling. To treat this wound anti-inflammatory medicines were given and ointment was applied to heal the wound. In the interest of the animals' safety the collar was tied a bit loosely. Perhaps due to the effect of the medicine, the swelling had come down and the greasy ointment must have helped the collar slip off,” he said.
“In Karnataka we have identified 214 villages that are facing conflict with leopards. Conflict is severe in Mysore, Hassan, Udupi, Tumkur and Ramanagara districts. Due to conflict and pressure from villagers, leopards have been captured and translocated to other areas in Karnataka by the forest department.
Hence it will be very important to understand the efficacy of translocation as a conflict mitigation tool. We will collar leopards that have been captured by forest department wherever there is severe conflict and pressure from people to capture the animal,” Gubbi said, explaining the on going radio collar project for leopards.
G S Prabhu, Chief Wildlife Warden said that radio collaring is the best method to assess the movement of animals they are frequented in conflict zones. “Currently we are trying to analyse the movements of leopards which are released away from the conflict zones. Similarly we shall collar sloth bears which are caught in the conflict zones.
Areas such as Tumkur and Ramanagara are facing bear conflict and collared bears will be released in Cauvery wildlife Sanctuary for research,” Prabhu said.