Leopard cats in the news: human-wildlife conflict and poaching/pet trade
Human - Leopard Conflict | WWF
Leopard cats appeared on my news radar twice during the last fortnight and both for rather unfortunate reasons. While the leopard cat is considered by the IUCN as a species of least concern with regards to the risk of extinction, their apparent preference for open forest and human-modified habitats often puts them in the harms way of people. Both reports are fairly common examples of what I have read about, heard or seen in the Southeast Asian region:. The farmer was said to have lost about 70 chickens over a period of two months before the leopard cat was caught. Photo: The Star. In many cases, these animals end up being persecuted by people. I am trying to contact Mr Mohd Izham Hussin through the journalist so see if there is a way to help.
Human killing is the decisive and most critical expression of human-leopard conflict and needs to be addressed sensitively to maintain local support for leopard conservation in India. This research was undertaken to investigate the ecological aspects of human killing and injury, spatial characteristic and pattern of such sites, temporal and seasonal trends of attacks and perception of local communities towards leopard in the Indian Himalayan region IHR. We analyzed the conflict data using rare events model in a binary logistic regression framework to understand spatial patterns of such incidents for Pauri Garhwal and North Bengal.
Human—wildlife conflict HWC refers to the negative interactions between people and wild animals, with consequences for both people and their resources and wildlife and their habitats IUCN HWC, caused by competition for shared natural resources between people and wildlife, influences food security of people and the well-being of both people and animals. In many regions these conflicts have intensified over recent decades as a result of human population growth and the transformation of land use. HWC is a serious global threat to sustainable development, food security and conservation in urban and rural landscapes alike.