By Dominick Mezzapesa - Wildlife Planet News
INDIA- With it's habitat under stress from human development, in the past nine months a total of 30 leopards have been killed in the Ahmednagar district alone.
Minance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, who is also Maharashtra’s Forest Minister, said that between January to September 2016, a total of 30 leopards had died in the Ahmednagar district located in central India and is the largest district of Maharashtra state on the western coast of India.
12 were natural while seven fell into wells and died and five leopards died in accidents. Six of these big cats also perished in territorial fights.
Structures like forest lakes, cement bunds, forest bunds and water holes that are designed to make water available for wild animals in forested areas have been linked to numerous wildlife deaths.
Better planning to prevent accidental deaths were needed. and two rescue teams have been created in Ahmednagar and Sangamner divisions and the staff has been given special training to help any animal that has become trapped inside the man made structures.