AP: The growing number of leopards in the state
Rahul Pandey, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife Division, AP)
When food and water are not available in the forests, the population goes into the wild. The growing number of leopards in the state Although we are scared to see the leopard before the actual human fear of it. Does not venture to attack humans. Leopards flee in fear when they see humans.
But we can be sure that it will attack us.
‘Leopard into the population’ we often see the news. Once upon a time, we saw people in the state throwing stones at a leopard.
Four days ago, a leopard attacked a dog in a house in Balajinagar, Tirupati. Forest officials say there is no danger to humans from the actual leopards.
There seem to be no instances of it attacking and injuring people, except to panic when it is surrounded unexpectedly.
Finding food, water
In some special cases they unknowingly come into the wild. Forests and grasslands are the habitats of leopards. They live in small grasslands and dumping yards in towns and cities.
As long as there is enough food and water, they will roam the habitat within their range. When those two are not there they go out looking for them.
Their habitat has shrunk in the face of increasing urbanization and water scarcity has become a problem for their survival.
It is against this background that they inadvertently enter nearby settlements in search of food. Dogs love leopards. Occasionally people come to the place and hunt for them. Cheetahs are active between 10pm and 4am. Only then do they hunt other animals.
There is no danger to humans
Leopards can survive in all areas. Dogs also survive where other small animals live.
They pose no danger to humans. 99% of them roam invisible to humans. There are no reports of human injuries by leopards anywhere in the state. Their number in the state is steadily increasing.