Published on April 26, 2014
MUMBAIKARS for SGNP 2011-2012 A FOREST DEPARTMENT & CENTRE FOR WILDLIFE STUDIES COLLABORATIVE PROJECT TO ADDRESS HUMAN-LEOPARD (Panthera pardus) CONFLICT IN AND AROUND SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK (SGNP). ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! DIRECTOR & CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS, SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Mumbai. VIDYA ATHREYA Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore. VIDYA VENKATESH Last Wilderness Foundation, Mumbai.
DETAILS OF THE ENTIRE TEAM CAN BE OBTAINED AT http://www.mumbaikarsforsgnp.com/about_sgnp_our_staff.htm http://www.mumbaikarsforsgnp.com/Initiatives_In_Sgnp.htm ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2
CONTENTS ! SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 9 REPORT 1. “CAMERA TRAPPING”. LEOPARDS OF SGNP, MUMBAI. ZEESHAN A. MIRZA, RAJESH V. SANAP & VISHAL SHAH! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 15 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1.1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 16 ! 1.2 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 16 ! 1.3 INTRODUCTION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 16 ! 1.4 STUDY AREA! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 17 ! 1.5 METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 19 ! 1.6 RESULTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 19 ! 1.7 THE LEOPARDS OF SGNP! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 20 ! 1.8. IMAGES OF FEMALE LEOPARDS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 28 ! 1.9 LEOPARDS OF UNKNOWN SEX! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 44 ! 1.10 REFERENCES!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 49 ! Figure 1.1. Google Earth map of SGNP! ! ! ! ! ! ! 17 ! Figure 1.2. Google Earth map of Aarey Milk Colony! ! ! ! ! 18 ! Figure 1.3. Photo captures of all male leopards! ! ! ! ! ! 20 ! Figure 1.4. Photo captures of all female leopards! ! ! ! ! ! 28 ! Appendix 1.1. The story of BINDU (a leopardess from Aarey Milk Colony)! ! 50 ! Appendix 1.2. The story of leopard LM2 from SGNP! ! ! ! ! 58 ! Appendix 1.3. Camera trapping process! ! ! ! ! ! ! 62 ! Appendix 1.3. Right ﬂank images of leopards! ! ! ! ! ! 64 ! Appendix 1.4. Other species photo-captured! ! ! ! ! ! 68 ! Appendix 1.5. Camera Trapping Team members! ! ! ! ! ! 76 REPORT 2. LEOPARD TRAPPINGS AND ATTACKS ON HUMANS IN AND AROUND SGNP: AN ASSESSMENT OF CONFLICT. VIDYA ATHREYA, AJAY BIJOOR & APARNA WATVE.! ! ! ! ! 78 ! 2.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 79 ! 2.2 METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 80 ! 2.3 RESULTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 80 ! 2.4 CONFLICT IN SGNP AND THANE FOREST DIVISION!! ! ! ! ! 84 ! 2.5 CONCLUSION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 85 ! Figure 2.1. Attacks on humans between 1991 and 2010 caused by leopards in and ! around SGNP.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 80 ! Figure 2.2. Leopard Trapping, Relocation and leopard deaths between 1984 and 2011.! 81 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 3
! Figure 2.3. Trend for Leopard Deaths, Leopard Relocations and Trappings carried out! ! by the Forest Department. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 82 ! ! Table 2.1. Details of leopard trappings and attacks on humans between 2000 and 2007! 82 ! Table 2.2. Trend for Trappings vs. Attacks in 2004!! ! ! ! ! 83 ! Table 2.3. Information from the records which indicate that political pressure is also ! an important cause for setting up traps to capture leopards. ! ! ! ! 83 ! Table 2.4 (a). Leopard Captures and attacks on people between 2000 - 2005. ! ! 84 ! Table 2.4 (b). Leopard Captures and attacks on people between 2005 - 2009 . ! ! 84 ! Table 2.5. Number of leopard captures and releases between 1999 - 2004 in some Forest ! Divisions of Maharashtra! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 85 ! Table 2.6 Capture and releases of leopards in surrounding Forest Circles! ! ! 88 ! Table 2.7 Details of Thane Forest Division captures and releases! ! ! ! 89 ! Appendix 2.1. Case Study (Leopards from Sangamner released in SGNP and re-trapped in ! Thane marriage Hall).! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 87 ! Appendix 2.2. Details of leopard attacks on humans that occurred in 2011 and 2012.! 91 REPORT 3. A STUDY OF HUMAN LEOPARD CONFLICT IN THE THANE FOREST DIVISION, MUMBAI. KRITIKA S. KAPADIA.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 94 ! 3.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 95 ! 3.2 AIM! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 95 ! 3.3 STUDY AREA! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 95 ! 3.4 METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 96 ! 3.5 OBSERVATIONS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 97 ! ! 3.5.1 HUMAN ATTACKS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 97 ! ! 3.5.2 LIVESTOCK ATTACKS !! ! ! ! ! ! ! 101 ! 3.6 REFERENCES! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 103 ! 3.7 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 103 ! ! ! Figure 3.1. The Thane Forest Division Map! ! ! ! ! ! 96 ! Figure 3.2. Locations of human deaths by leopards in the areas under the jurisdiction ! of Thane Forest Division between 1990 and 2011 - displayed on Google Earth! ! 98 ! Figure 3.3. Documented human injuries obtained from FD data - displayed on ! Google Earth! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 98 ! Figure 3.4. Graph of the age of humans attacked by leopards in Thane FD.! ! 99 ! Figure 3.5. Locations of human attacks by leopards in Aarey Milk Colony!! ! 99 ! Figure 3.6. Locations of human attacks by leopards at the periphery of Tansa WLS ! 100 ! Figure 3.7. Location of human death due to leopard attacks at Murbad, Thane FD.! 111 ! Figure 3.8. Locations of livestock attack at Murbad, Thane FD! ! ! ! 112 ! Figure 3.9. Locations of Sakarwadi Murbad, overlooking the Malsej Ghat, site of ﬁrst ! human attack in 20 years.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 112 ! Figure 3.10. Locations of human attacks by leopards at Kashimira, Thane FD.! ! 113 ! Figure 3.11. Site of attack on human by leopard at a pada (tribal hamlet) in Kashimira! 114 ! Figure 3.12. Locations of human attacks by leopards in Bhiwandi!! ! ! 114 ! Figure 3.13. Location of Aarey Milk Colony in relation to SGNP! ! ! ! 121 ! Figure 3.14. Map of locations of attacks on humans by leopards in the Aarey and Film ! City areas! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 122 Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 4
! Figure 3.15. Map of locations of attacks on humans by leopards in the Aarey and Film City ! ! areas! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 124 ! Table 3.1. Month-wise data of attacks on people by leopards in the Thane FD! ! 97 ! Table 3.2. List of attacks on livestock by leopards in the Thane Forest Division ! between 1990 and 2010. !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 101 ! Table 3.3. List of attacks on humans by wild boars and other species (not leopard) in the ! Thane Forest Division between 1990 and 2011.! ! ! ! ! ! 102 ! Table 3.4. List of attacks on humans in Aarey Milk Colony prior to 2003 which were ! obtained from the SGNP FD records. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 123 ! Appendix 3.1. The list of attacks on humans and livestock between 1990 and 2011 in ! the Thane Forest Division.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 104 ! Appendix 3.2. Description of all human attacks by leopards that occurred between ! 1991 and 2011! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 105 ! Appendix 3.3. Interviews with some Forest Department ﬁeld staff and local people in ! ! Thane Forest Division! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 111 ! Appendix 3.4. List of livestock attacks from the compensation records! ! ! 117 ! Appendix 3.5. Records of leopard deaths as per Thane FD records.! ! ! 120 ! Appendix 3.6. Biodiversity and Conservation of Aarey Milk Colony.! ! ! 121 REPORT 4. ASSESSING FREE-ROAMING DOG (CANIS FAMILIARIS) ABUNDANCE IN A MARK-RESIGHT FRAME- WORK IN AAREY MILK COLONY, MUMBAI. GIRISH A. PUNJABI.! ! ! ! ! 125 ! 4.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 126 ! 4.2 INTRODUCTION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 126 ! 4.3 METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 127 ! ! 4.3.1 STUDY AREA! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 127 ! ! 4.3.2 DOG SURVEYS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 128 ! 4.4 RESULTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 130 ! 4.5 DISCUSSION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 131 ! 4.6 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 132 ! 4.7 REFERENCES! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 132 ! Figure 4.1. The map of the study area indicates the survey route and dog count points ! used to estimate dog abundance in a mark-resight framework in Aarey colony, India! 128 ! Figure 4.2. The image indicates photographs obtained for a distinct naturally marked dog ! over two secondary sampling intervals in Aarey colony, India.! ! ! ! 129 REPORT 5. DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF HERBIVORES IN SGNP, MUMBAI. GIRISH A.PUNJABI.! 134 ! 5.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 135 ! 5.2 INTRODUCTION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 135 ! 5.3 METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 135 ! ! 5.3.1 STUDY AREA! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 135 ! ! 5.3.2 ANALYSIS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 138 ! 5.4 RESULTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 138 ! 5.5 DISCUSSION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 142 ! 5.6 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 143 ! 5.7 REFERENCES! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 144 Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 5
! Figure 5.1. Map showing sampled versus total grids overlaid on SGNP for examining ! herbivore occupancy and abundance from February to March, 2012! ! ! 136 ! Figure 5.2. Method used for surveying for the occupancy ﬁeld work! ! ! 137 ! Figure 5.3. Map showing locations of disturbance signs recorded in SGNP for examining ! herbivore occupancy and abundance from February to March, 2012! ! ! 138 ! Figure 5.4. Map showing Cheetal (Axis axis) cluster abundance in SGNP from February ! to March, 2012.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 139 ! Figure 5.5. Map showing Sambar (Rusa unicolour) cluster abundance in SGNP ! from February to March, 2012.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 140 ! Figure 5.6. Map showing locations of herbivore signs recorded in SGNP for ! examining herbivore occupancy and abundance from February to March, 2012! ! 141 ! Figure 5.7. Map of important locations in SGNP for examining occupancy and ! abundance! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 142 ! Table 5.1. Parameter estimates for the model examining the effect of covariates ! (cumulative disturbance index and terrain/slope index) on lambda of Cheetal! ! 139 ! Table 5.2. Parameter estimates for the model examining the effect of covariates ! (cumulative disturbance index and terrain/slope index) on lambda of Sambar! ! 140 REPORT 6. LEOPARD MORTALITY DUE TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ALONG THE NORTHERN PERIPHERY OF THE SGNP, MUMBAI. AJAY BIJOOR, SONU SINGH & MRIGANK SAVE. ! ! ! ! ! 145 ! 6.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 146 ! 6.2 DATA ANALYSIS AND PRELIMINARY INFERENCES ! ! ! ! ! ! 147 ! 6.3 RECOMMENDATIONS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 152 ! ! Figure 6.1. Map with accident locations on Google Earth! ! ! ! ! 146 ! Figure 6.2. Year-wise statistics of leopard deaths due to road accidents at the periphery ! of SGNP.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 147 ! Figure 6.3. Month-wise statistics of leopard deaths due to road accidents at the periphery ! of SGNP.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 147 ! Figure 6.4.a-c. Details of the accident locations on the map.! ! ! ! 149 ! Figure 6.5. Flagging the connectivity around SGNP! ! ! ! ! 151 ! Figure 6.6. Possible locations for building over-bridges or under-passes to facilitate ! the movement of wildlife to and from SGNP.! ! ! ! ! ! 152 ! Figure 6.7. Images of over-bridges made for wildlife movement in other parts of the ! world! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 153 ! Table 6.1. Complete List of leopard accidents (1994-2011)! ! ! ! ! 148 ! Appendix 6.1. Data collected during the project.! ! ! ! ! ! 155 ! Appendix 6.2. Additional References! ! ! ! ! ! ! 158 ! Appendix 6.3. Our Extended Team! ! ! ! ! ! ! 159 ! Appendix 6.4. Men at Work! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 161 ! Appendix 6.5. Images of some of the Accident Locations! ! ! ! ! 162 Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 6
REPORT 7. MAPPING HUMAN LEOPARD CONFLICT LOCATIONS USING MEDIA REPORTS IN AND AROUND SGNP, MUMBAI. NIKHIL DISORIA.!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 164 ! 7.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 165 ! 7.2 INTRODUCTION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 165 ! 7.3 MATERIALS & METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 165 ! 7.4 RESULTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 165 ! 7.5 DISCUSSION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 168 ! 7.6 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 169 ! Figure 7.1. Trend for Media Reports vs. Attacks in 2002-2007.! ! ! ! 166 ! Figure 7.2. Map of locations detailed in above table where dogs were attacked or ! leopards were sighted.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 166 ! Figure 7.3. Map of human injuries and deaths caused by leopards obtained from media ! reports! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 167 ! Table 7.1. Interviews with the local people where leopard incidents had occurred as per ! media reports.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 167 ! Appendix 7.1. Locations of media reports of sighting of leopards, leopard death & ! attack on dogs between 1999 and 2010.! ! ! ! ! ! ! 170 ! Appendix 7.2. Information from people interviewed at locations of leopard incidences.! 175 REPORT 8. CATS IN THE CITY: NARRATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND LEOP- ARDS IN THE SGNP LANDSCAPE, MUMBAI. SUNETRO GHOSAL.! ! ! ! ! 176 ! ! 8.1 SUMMARY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 177 ! 8.2 INTRODUCTION ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 177 ! 8.3 STUDY AREA ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 178 ! 8.4 OBJECTIVES! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 178 ! 8.5 METHODS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 178 ! 8.6 RESULTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 180 ! 8.7 DISCUSSION ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 181 ! 8.8 CONCLUSION! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 189 ! 8.9 RECOMMENDATIONS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 189 ! 8.10 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 191 ! 8.11 REFERENCES!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 191 ! ! ! ! Figure 8.1. Some of the Waghoba shrines located in the SGNP landscape! ! ! 180 ! Figure 8.2. The changing population demography of people in Mumbai, especially ! around SGNP! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 182 ! Figure 8.3. Villagers ‘ﬂushing’ out a leopard from a thicket where it was said to have ! been observed, a few days after an attack on a child in Mandvi range, Tungareshwar ! Wildlife reserve. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 183 ! Figure 8.4. A female leopard strolling through the verandah of one of the row houses ! in Royal Palm, Goregaon East. The incident understandably caused apprehension ! amongst the residents of the row houses. ! ! ! ! ! ! 186 ! Figure 8.5. The MfSGNP team—including members of the forest department rescue ! team—who visited the residents of the row houses in Royal Palms to understand their ! apprehensions and facilitate a dialogue to reduce conﬂict. ! ! ! ! 187 ! Figure 8.6. Waghoba shrine in Aarey Milk colony.! ! ! ! ! 187 Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 7
! Appendix 8.1. Visits by team members to different leopard incidents between ! August 2011 and September 2012. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 194! ANNEXURES - REPORTS ON SOME OF THE LEOPARD INCIDENCES IN AND AROUND SGNP BY THE ! ! TEAM MEMBERS. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 195 ! ! ! A. Blackman forever! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 195 ! ! B. Leopardbhai MBBS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 202 ! ! C. MfSGNP - stakeholder meeting at royal palms! ! ! ! 205 ! ! D. Leopard attack incident report (Shankar Tekdi, Mulund)! ! ! 210 ! ! E. Site visit report : Mandvi, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary! ! ! 218 ! ! F. Media reports on the issue printed during the project period! ! ! 222 Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 8
SUMMARY The goals of the project. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one of the four Parks in the world which is adjacent to a large me- tropolis (http://english.upa-network.org/). The density of humans around the Park is unparalleled in the world, with ~20,000 people/sq. km living at the Park’s periphery. The forests of the Park which are native to the region have a variety of wildlife, including the leopard and are extremely important to the people of Mumbai since it supplies ~ 10% of the city’s water. However, because of the pressures the Park faces, it has unique challenges and one of it is the presence of the leopards and the conﬂict that occurs there. Mumbaikars for SGNP (MfSGNP) project was primarily initiated to address the human leopard con- ﬂict in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) with the aim of identifying the causes of conﬂict and to attempt to mitigate the same. The MfSGNP is a year long (2011-2012) collaborative effort between the Forest Department and members of civil society to try and understand more about the leopard con- ﬂict and plan for future mitigatory actions to ease the conﬂict in terms of management/research ac- tion and policy. The ﬁrst task was to obtain a baseline information on the leopard numbers in the Park. The second was to identify patterns in conﬂict and to provide a logical explanation for the same. The third was to assess the perception towards leopards of different stake holders and to use it to mitigate conﬂict. Since SGNP is a Park that has a hard edge (without a buffer) and with an extremely high density of humans at its edges, how humans perceive the leopards is likely to play a crucial role in affecting conﬂict which is why the project was participatory in nature involving as many interested people in- cluding the media. All the study reports appended in this document have been carried out by inter- ested volunteers which itself indicates the kind of interest present among the people of Mumbai to- wards their Park. This positive participation has to be harnessed for the long term conservation of the Park. The project was conducted in partnership with various Mumbai-based institutions like Bhavan’s Col- lege, Media partners and enthusiastic volunteers. It also involved the Police Department and Fire Bri- gade authorities since they play a crucial role during leopard emergencies. DETAILS OF THE PROJECT PLANNED ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY REPORT NO. Use camera traps to assess mammalian species in SGNP, especially to identify some individual leopards which are using the periphery of the Park. Zeeshan Mirza and team 1 Summary of human leopard conﬂict in SGNP. Vidya Athreya and team 2 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 9
PLANNED ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY REPORT NO. Mapping past conﬂict instances. Providing conﬂict information on the internet. Kritika Kapadia and team 3 Assessing dog population in Aarey Milk Colony Girish Punjabi and team 4 Distribution and abundance of herbivores in SGNP using occupancy methods. Girish Punjabi and team 5 Assessing locations of leopard mortality due to vehicu- lar accidents on roads that adjoin SGNP Ajay Bijoor and team 6 Using media reports to map leopard incidences in and around SGNP. Nikhil Disoria and team 7 Cats in the city: Narrative analysis of the interactions between people and leopards in SGNP. Sunetro Ghosal and team 8 Involving interested public using social media - face- book. Diya Banerjee and team Facebook page - Mumbaikars for SGNP To collate and make available on the internet existing biodiversity information on the Park. Vidya Venkatesh, Sachin Rai and team www.mumbaik arsforsgnp.com To analyse the leopard feces using DNA to assess leop- ard population in SGNP. Zeeshan Mirza and team along with a lot of inter- ested volunteers. In process Using diet analysis to assess diet of leopards in SGNP Nikit Surve and team along with a lot of interested vol- unteers. In process Based on the above, to provide management recom- mendations to the SGNP Field Director. The MfSGNP team In process At the end of the project, an awareness programme aimed at different stake-holders will be carried out. The MfSGNP team In process SALIENT FINDINGS OF THE PROJECT Report 1: Leopard abundance in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey Milk Colony (AMC) A camera trapping exercise was carried out in and around the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai between November 2011 and April 2012 in order to assess the minimum number of leopards present in the area. An associated goal of the work was to involve as many volunteers as was possible. The work was carried out along with the ﬁeld staff of the Forest Department. The capture - recapture ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 10
framework normally used to assess density of animals (Karanth & Nichols 1998; O’Connell 2011) could not be employed largely because of the issue of camera theft. Camera traps were placed on both sides of paths where there were indications of leopard usage and traps were placed at one location for a minimum of seven days. A total of six males, 12 females and three other individuals (whose sex could not be determined) were identiﬁed based on their rosette patterns. Only the left ﬂanks were used for identiﬁcation because we obtained more left ﬂank images of individuals. Thus, a minimum of 21 leopards (in a total of ~117 sq. km area) were photo-captured in SGNP (104 sq. km) and the surrounding area of Aarey Milk Colony (13 sq. km) during the ﬁve month study period. Report 2: Conﬂict patterns in and around SGNP The objective of this study was to use Forest Department records of conﬂict related incidents from SGNP and the adjoining Thane Forest Division in order to assess the temporal patterns of human leopard conﬂict. The results indicate that there were two peaks in leopard conﬂict in the SGNP and Thane areas. The attacks on humans peaked at a smaller level between 1997-1998 when a total of 24 attacks on people were reported and a much larger peak between 2002 - 2004 when a total of 84 at- tacks on people were reported. The average number of leopard attacks on humans (if both injuries and deaths are considered) are seven per year between 1986 and 2010 but in the two years between 1997 -1998, the average was 12 attacks on humans per year, and in the three years between 2002 and 2004, it was an average of 28 attacks per year. Between 2005 and 2010, the average number of leopard attacks on people was 2 per year. The year end in 2012 saw an increase in attacks on humans by leop- ards. In terms of conﬁrmed attacks, after the December 2006 human death which occurred at Nim- bonipada, the next conﬁrmed human death in the region occurred on 15th July 2012 at Shankar Tekdi and was followed by 6 incidents between 2 November 2012 and 26th January 2013 (see Appendix 2.2). These attacks were concentrated at the south-eastern part near Bhandup and Aarey Milk Colony. Some salient features of the patterns of the data and from information obtained from interviews with local people and Forest Department ofﬁcials indicate that the earlier conﬂict (prior to 2004) was possi- bly due to the following reasons 1. Large scale captures and releases of leopards of leopards trapped in the region used to occur, espe- cially between 2002 - 2004. 2. Leopards were released into SGNP from Ahmednagar and Pune districts. 3. Leopards were released into Pune Division from SGNP. 4. Political and public pressure on the Forest Department to set up traps is a serious issue, even in the absence of attacks on people. From the interviews it also appears that there is a general realisation among the Forest Department personnel that arbitrary capture and releases worsen the problem and it appears to have drastically decreased since 2005. The periods of very high conﬂict were 1997-1998 and 2002 - 2004 where many attacks occurred in many places. The attacks that occurred in Tungareshwar (October - December 2011), Tansa (July, August 2012) and south-eastern part of SGNP (November - January 2013) on the ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 11
other hand, appear to have been individual problem animals since the attacks were temporally and spatially contained. There are fairly large number of leopards (21 minimum adults in ~ 120 sq. km from Report 1) and therefore only the presence of leopards does not imply large number of attacks on humans. However, at the same time, people have to be made aware of the dos and donts when living in areas that also support leopards. Many of the attacks on humans in 2012 could have been avoided if people were aware of the precautions they have to take to reduce leopard problems. Report 3: Conﬂict in Thane Forest Division This study focused on the patterns of attacks on humans in the Thane Forest Division over the last twenty years. The Forest Department records indicate that a majority of attacks took place in 2002- 2004. The highest number of livestock attacks (15) occurred in 1993. A majority of the human victims were either children up to 10 years old or the elderly. Aarey Milk Colony and Kashimira were high- lighted as the areas with a high level of conﬂict. Of the attack sites visited, a general perception of pada (hamlets) dwellers appeared to be that the leopards causing conﬂict appeared to be ones re- leased in the area from elsewhere. The question that needs further exploration is why did the attacks scale up in 2002-2004, in particular in areas on the border of the park. Post 2004, the number of attack have signiﬁcantly reduced. However, there have been localised attacks in the Tungareshwar area (ﬁve in late 2011), Tansa (three in the middle of 2012) area and south-eastern parks of SGNP (seven in 2012 and January 2013) which have been detailed in Report 2. Interviews with Forest Ofﬁcers who served in Thane and SGNP in the past and a few local people indicates that leopard releases from ‘outside’ areas are a serious issues and could be responsible for attacks on people near the release sites, including the increase in attacks on people between 2002 and 2004. Report 4: An assessment of potential prey population in the form of stray dogs at the periphery of SGNP In order to obtain an estimate of prey abundance available for the leopards outside the Park bounda- ries, we estimated the dog populations in Aarey Milk Colony. It has to be noted that we did not esti- mate the density of domestic pigs, cats or the quantum of animal carcasses that are dumped in the area; all which are potential prey for the leopard. We found a total (Nj) of 681 ± 34 (95% CI = 617 – 752) dogs in the study area, with an overall mean resighting probability of 0.53 ± 0.03 (95% CI = 0.47 – 0.58). This corresponds to a density estimate of 57 dogs per km2 (CI = 51 – 63) which provides evidence of the high potential prey biomass available for leopards in AMC. We did not assess the biomass contributed by other species such as feral pigs, house cats and the meat disposed off by the butchers/tabela owners in AMC. Thus it is evident how resource rich human use areas around SGNP are, and perhaps explains the excursions by leopards to feed on dogs and other domestic animals associated with humans. Report 5: Herbivore occupancy in SGNP This study suggests that overall, both Cheetal and Sambar, potential prey species of the leopard, seem to be most abundant in the Central, Southern and Western parts of the park. For Cheetal, the best ar- ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 12
eas seem to be near the tourist zone, Malad trench line, Shilonda trail and areas around Tulsi and Vi- har Lake. For Sambar, the best areas seem to be areas around Tulsi and Vihar Lake, Chenna, areas around Lion and Tiger safari, Highest point, Gaimukh and Air force station, Yeur. Wild pig, Four- horned antelope and Muntjac sign detections were very low overall indicating that they likely occur in very low densities throughout the park. Occurrence of ﬁre, followed by local biomass extraction seemed to be the most common forms of hu- man disturbance and therefore management may need to address these threats ﬁrst. Areas around Yeur seem to be heavily disturbed given the low detection of herbivore signs and high detection of signs of human disturbance. It is recommended that positive human presence (Forest Department and wildlife viewers) be increased in the northern and eastern parts of the Park. Report 6: Leopard mortality due to vehicular trafﬁc on the highways north of SGNP and in AMC. We assessed all the past mortality incidents of leopards due to vehicle accidents along the northern parts of SGNP where the forest is connected to the northern forested landscape such as Tungareshwar and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuaries and other forests of the Thane Forest Division. Since 1994 a total of 35 leopard accidents due to vehicles hits were reported. We sampled 12 accident spots reported from 2005 onwards since they were the most recent and we recorded the GPS co-ordinates for each site. We know from the case of Ajoba, the collared leopard who moved across the Ghodbunder road, that they do cross the highways as well as swim across the Ullas creek to move back and forth from the main Park to the Nagla block and the northern areas. It is also evident from the data on the vehicular acci- dents because of many accidents that occur in the stretches connecting the patches of forests. In the case of Aarey Milk Colony and Film City, a total of three accidents were reported in 2012. In one case the animal was rescued and taken to the SGNP rescue centre. In one case the cub died and in the sec- ond the fate of the animal was not known as it got away. The problem of crossing over is probably much more severe in the case of the much shyer ungulates and smaller animals. Based on all of the information collected and a basic analysis we recommend that this issue be taken up urgently and speed breakers be constructed in areas around the Park where high trafﬁc movement is present (including AMC where leopards have been hit by vehicles), that over-passes or under-bridges be built for the wild animals at a few points connecting the surrounding forests which are cut by high trafﬁc highways, in order to aid the wild animals movement between forest patches in the landscape. These over-passes are likely to be more important for the ungulates who would ﬁnd crossing the busy roads very difﬁcult. Finally, many of the accidents occurred near garbage dumps that were near hotels at the edges of the roads. These areas are likely to have stray dogs that attract leopards. It is recommended that the hotels at the edges of the highway be encour- aged to dispose their wastes by composting. Report 7: Using media reports to investigate human - leopard interactions in and around SGNP Forest Department records mainly provide information on conﬂict (livestock and human attacks by leopards and leopard mortality due to various factors). In this study, we used media records to broaden the study of human leopard interactions and used media reports to visit the sites where leopards had been sighted and/or where leopard had preyed on dogs etc. Analysis of the trend in media reporting indicated that even though instances of conﬂict were very few after 2005, media re- ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 13
porting still remained high. We also found that media reports can help supplement the Forest De- partment records. We obtained two interesting locations of leopard incidences to the east of SGNP where leopards were present up to 2 km from the border of the Park in an area surrounded by dense human structures indicating that they probably are more ubiquitous and wide spread in their ranging relative to what we expect of them. Also, media reports provide us information on a wider range of human - leopard interactions than only Forest Department records which are large conﬂict related (human deaths and injuries and/or leopard deaths and injuries) because other interactions between humans and leopards (such as sightings/predation attempts on dogs and pigs/present in residential areas) are many a time reported in the press and can be very useful information base for future stud- ies. We would also like to point out that in some cases, human deaths have been attributed to leopards without proof. This can increase the fear among people leading to increased pressure on the Forest Department to arbitrarily trap and contribute to conﬂict. Therefore it is very important that attacks are fully veriﬁed before they are reported. Report 8: How people relate to leopards; a social science study. People and large carnivores share a complex and dynamic relationship, embedded in a matrix of eco- logical, cultural, historic and political contexts. This component of the research provides an insight into the subjective interactions that contextualise diverse perceptions that people have of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) landscape and the leopards that share it with them. The SGNP land- scape is densely populated along the periphery of the national park and is home to different (and of- ten a cosmopolitan mix) of communities with different social constructions of the landscape and the resulting claims of its physical conﬁgurations. This report builds on a body of knowledge that claims that such perceptions and narratives are based on how people engage with, and so provide meaning to, space, thus reﬂecting dynamic socio-cultural value and political systems. The research uncovered several narratives that frame people’s perceptions of the SGNP landscape, from being a valuable wilderness that needs to be protected, to being a valuable resource base for people to being a social-moral landscape. Similarly, leopard narratives include ones of blood thirsty monsters, harmless neighbours, gods and elusive mysteries. This discussion of narratives, thus, pro- vides one part of a larger explanation of the dynamic and complex interactions between people, the SGNP landscape and leopards. It also provides some insights into how narratives compete, how coex- istence is dynamically negotiated and how perceptions of conﬂict can exist even in the absence of ac- tual material loss. Finally, it recommends that the Forest Department undertake structured outreach programmes in addition biological monitoring, to manage these interactions and reduce perceptions of conﬂict, while accounting for diverse perceptions and their political impacts. References: National workshop for formulating human-leopard conﬂict management policy. 2007. A Wildlife Trust of India - Ministry of Environment and Forest workshop. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 14
REPORT 1. “CAMERA TRAPPING” LEOPARDS IN SGNP, MUMBAI. Zeeshan A. Mirza Post-Graduate Program in Wildlife Biology & Conservation, WCS-India Program, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, GKVK, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, India E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile no.: 07406658994 Rajesh V. Sanap D-5-2, Marol Police Camp, M. M. Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai, 400059, Maharashtra, India. E-mail: email@example.com Mobile no.: 09664987541 Vishal A. Shah 10/12, Sahjivan Soc, Bhatwadi, Ghatkopar (West), Mumbai 400084 Maharashtra, India. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile no.: 08860004948 Citation: Mirza, Z., Sanap, R.V. & V. Shah. 2013. Camera trapping: Leopards of SGNP, Mumbai. A Mumbaikars for SGNP project report #1. Sub- mitted to the SGNP Forest Department. Mumbai. Maharashtra. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 15
1.1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Camera trapping sites were chosen with the help of locals and forest guards for whom we pay our deepest gratitude for sharing their knowledge of the forest with us. Fieldwork would not have been possible without help and willingness of all the RFOs, especially Mr. Prashant Masurkar, RFO (Mobile Squad), who not only helped us but also participated in many of our trapping sessions. We also wish to thank all the RFOs, especially Mr Todarmal for facilitating our work and the ﬁeld staff of the Forest Department of SGNP as well as Thane Forest Department for all their timely help. Forest guards, in particular Parshuram Kaka was of great help in setting up camera traps and also in searching for possible sites for camera trapping. Pintz Gajjar is thanked for all her help and encouragement. Volunteers helped with camera trapping and scat collection in different areas for which we would like to thank them. 1.2 SUMMARY A camera trapping exercise was carried out in and around the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai between November 2011 and April 2012 in order to assess the minimum number of leopards present in the area. An associated goal of the work was to involve as many volunteers as was possible. The work was carried out along with the ﬁeld staff of the Forest Department. The capture - recapture framework normally used to assess density of animals (Karanth & Nichols 1998; O’Connell 2011) could not be employed largely because of the issue of camera theft. Camera traps were placed on both sides of paths where there were indications of leopard usage and traps were placed at one location for a minimum of seven days. A total of six males, 12 females and three other individuals (whose sex could not be determined) were identiﬁed based on their rosette patterns. Only the left ﬂanks were used for identiﬁcation because we obtained more left ﬂank images of individuals. Thus, a minimum of 21 leopards (in a total of ~117 sq. km area) were photo-captured in SGNP (104 sq. km) and the surrounding area of Aarey Milk Colony (13 sq. km) during the ﬁve month study period. 1.3 INTRODUCTION The Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) is a leopard subspecies widely distributed on the Indian subcontinent and classiﬁed as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2008. The species Panthera pardus may soon qualify for the vulnerable status due to habitat loss and fragmentation, heavy poaching for the illegal trade of skins and body parts in Asia, and persecution due to conﬂict situations (Henschel et al. 2012). In most parts of the world they are becoming increasingly rare outside protected areas where populations are decreasing (Marker et al. 2008). In India, leopards occur both in protected areas as well as human-dominated landscapes where they persist near human settlements by feeding on livestock and domestic dogs and this has been the case since historical times (Daniel 2009). The high tolerance of the people, relative to other countries in the world, to the presence of large, wild, and po- tentially dangerous animals perhaps makes it possible for species such as leopards to persist close to human settlements where domestic animals are abundant (Athreya et al. 2011). Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 16
Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai has been in the limelight for the numerous cases of man-leopard conﬂicts between 2002 to 2006 and again a spate of attacks between July 2012 and Janu- ary 2013. This area has been the focus of intense media attention as well as of policy makers but not many scientiﬁc studies on the ecology (Edgaonkar & Chellam 1998; BNHS 2006) of leopards or con- ﬂict (BNHS 2007) has been carried out to deal with the conﬂict issue. In this study we wanted to assess the minimum number of leopards present in and around the Park in a way that involved a lot of volunteers making it a citizen science project so that the results of the work can also be disseminated widely. We used camera traps that were triggered by thermal sensors to obtain leopard images in and around SGNP. The individual leopards obtained in the images were identiﬁed to obtain a minimum number of leopards present in the Park between September 2011 and March 2012. 1.4 STUDY AREA SGNP lies between 19° 8'N, 72° 53' E and 19° 21'N, 72° 58'E. Also known as the Borivali National Park, it extends over an area of ~104 km2, 8.5 km2 of which is covered by lakes. SGNP lies partly in Thane and partly in the Mumbai Suburban district. For management purposes the Park has been classiﬁed into a core zone of 28.1 km2, a buffer zone of 66.2 km2 and a tourism zone of 8.6 km2. Figure 1.1. SGNP is surrounded by the metropolis of Mumbai on three sides. To its north is the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. (Google Earth image). Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 17
Figure 1.2. The Aarey Milk colony is located at the south of SGNP and is marked as a dashed poly- gon with an icon titled A in the following image (obtained from wikimapia.org). The eastern limit of the Park is bordered by the Yeoor forest division, the west by the Krishnagiri Upvan plains and the suburb of Borivali, the north by the Nagla forest block and on the south by the Aarey Milk Colony in the suburb of Goregaon. The National Highway 8, also known as the Western Express Highway runs south-north along the western border of the Park, connecting the city of Mumbai to Ahmedabad, while the Eastern Express Highway, running along the eastern border con- nects Mumbai to Nasik. The density of humans at the periphery of the Park is about 20,000/km2 (http://www.demographia.com/db-mumbaidistr91.htm). Aarey Milk Colony and Film City is located to the southern border of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Aarey Milk Colony (established in 1949) is situated in Goregaon East; a suburb of Mumbai cov- ers an area of 12.8 sq. km (http://dairy.maharashtra.gov.in/). On average, 16,000 cattle are reared on 1,287 hectares of land, and 32 cattle farms. The Aarey milk colony, situated 20 miles (32 km) from Bombay on the main Ghodbunder Road is one of the most modern milk colonies in the world. This area is a grass and scrub environ with a few hillocks, possessing two perennial and one seasonal pond as well as many seasonal streams in the area. The maximum elevation recorded in the area is about ca. 100 m. The much altered scrub forests of the study area are contiguous with SGNP to its north. The forest is of mixed moist deciduous type and is dominated by Tectona grandis, Bombax ceiba, Butea mono- sperma, Pongamia pinnata, Cassia ﬁstula, Ziziphus sp., heavily intermixed with exotic species such as Eucalyptus, the Rat Poison tree as well as Gulmohur and Lantana sp. The area experiences a maximum temperature of 36 degree Celsius and a minimum of about 11 degree with maximum recorded rainfall of about 950mm. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 18
1.5. METHODS Camera trapping was initiated on 5th November 2011 and continued till 5th April 2012 i.e. for 153 days. Deer Cam DC300 (Green Bay, USA) camera traps were used for trapping. Camera trap sites were se- lected based on presence of indirect evidence left by leopards in the form of scat, pug marks or scrape signs on the ground. Information from locals as well as the Forest Department of leopard movement was also taken into considered while selecting camera trap sites. On two occasions, carcasses of Spot- ted Deer (Axis axis) were found which were presumed to have been killed by leopards and camera traps were placed on the path leading to these carcasses. A pair of camera traps was placed usually at any given site to get exposures of both the ﬂanks of the animal. Twigs, grass, rocks and sticks were used to block the sides of very wide trails to ensure that the animal walks right in the centre of the path which would enable the camera to capture a clear image of the ﬂank. In certain places only a single camera trap was used due to the issue of security of the camera traps. Camera traps were left on throughout the day at some sites, especially in forested areas with less human disturbance and for the most part were turned off in the morning and switched on in the evening to avoid losing expo- sures due to human movement. Each trap was set at a site for a minimum of seven days after which it was installed at a new site. The camera traps were moved before time only if the ﬁlm roll was entirely exposed or if it was malfunctioning. Camera traps at the carcasses were left as long as the entire ﬁlm roll would get exposed. The delay time after each exposure was set at 15 seconds. To identify individ- ual leopards we also used images available with the Forest Department and members of the public. Leopards identiﬁed from the photographs were given a code; for example ‘LF1’ and ‘LM2’, where ‘L’ stands for leopard; ‘M’ stands for a male; ‘F’ stands for a female, “U” stands for unsexed individual and the number indicates the individual identiﬁcation. Using this code the leopard can be identiﬁed for its sex as well as individual identiﬁcation. Only left ﬂanks were used for identiﬁcation because we obtained more unique images of the left ﬂank. 1.6. RESULTS A total of 46 ﬁlm-rolls were used (~1650 exposures) of which 148 were leopard images. A total of 21 individuals were identiﬁed based on the rosette patterns on the left ﬂank, six were males, 12 were fe- males and the sex of three could not be ascertained. Nine individuals were recaptured at more than one site. Of the above, one male (Male 6) and one female (Bindu) were photographed using a hand- held camera in Aarey Milk Colony and the rest were photographed in the camera traps. Apart from leopards, photographic evidence of other mammalian species (Appendix 1.5) were 1. Wild boar (Sus scrofa) 2. Spotted Deer (Axis axis) 3. Sambar (Rusa unicolor) 4. Hanuman Langur (Semnopithecus entellus) 5. Bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) 6. Common Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) 7. Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) 8. Small Indian Civet (Viverricula indica) 9. Indian Grey Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) 10. Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii)*** 11. Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) *** Dealt in detail below Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 19
1.7. THE LEOPARDS OF SGNP The images of all the individuals are provided below along with the general location from where they were photo captured. Figure 1.3. Locations where all male leopards were photo-captured. Area of capture of individual males denoted with different coloured icons. Male 1- green, Male 2- red, Male 3- yellow, Male 4- dark blue, Male 5- maroon and pink, Male 6- light blue Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 20
Leopard Male 1 1LEFT FLANK RIGHT FLANK ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 21 1 LEOPARD 1 (MALE)
Locations where LM 1 was photographed. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 22
2Leopard Male 2 Location where LM 2 was photographed. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 23 2 LEOPARD 2 - MALE
3Leopard Male 3 Locations where LM3 was photographed. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 24 3 LEOPARD 3 - MALE
4Leopard Male 4 Locations where LM4 was photographed. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 25 4 LEOPARD 4 - MALE
5Leopard Male 5 Locations where LM5 was photographed. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 26 5 LEOPARD 5 - MALE
6Leopard Male 6 Locations where LM6 was photographed. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 27 6 LEOPARD 6 - MALE
1.8. FEMALE LEOPARDS Twelve female individuals were identiﬁed based on the markings of their left ﬂanks. Their locations are provided in the image below. Figure1.4. Locations where all female leopards were photo-captured. Area of capture of individual females denoted by different coloured icons. Female 1: red; Female 2: green; Female 4: white; Female 5: blue; Female 6: pink; Female 7: yellow; Female 8: purple; Female 9: light blue; Female 10: light green; Female 11: light pink; Female 14: or- ange; Female 15: mauve. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 28
7Leopard female 1 Leopard photographed at the following locations in Aarey Milk Colony. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 29 7 LEOPARD 7 - FEMALE
8Leopard Female 2 LEFT FLANK RIGHT FLANK Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 30 8 LEOPARD 8 - FEMALE
Leopard LF2 photographed at the following locations. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 31
9Leopard Female 3 LEFT FLANK RIGHT FLANK Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 32 9 LEOPARD 9 - FEMALE
Leopard LF3 photographed at the following locations. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 33
10Leopard Female 4 (possibly lactating?) Leopard LF4 photographed at the following locations. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 34 10 LEOPARD 10 - FEMALE
11Leopard Female 5 LEFT FLANK RIGHT FLANK Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 35 11 LEOPARD 11 - FEMALE
Leopard LF5 photographed at the following locations. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 36
12Leopard Female 6 Leopard LF6 photographed at the following locations. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 37 12 LEOPARD 12 - FEMALE
13Leopard Female 7 Leopard LF7 photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 38 13 LEOPARD 13 - FEMALE
14Leopard Female 8 Leopard LF8 photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 39 14 LEOPARD 14 - FEMALE
15Leopard Female 9 Leopard LF9 photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 40 15 LEOPARD 15 - FEMALE
16Leopard Female 10 Leopard LF10 photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 41 16 LEOPARD 16 - FEMALE
17Leopard Female 11 - aka BINDU (see Appendix 1.1) Leopard LF11 photographed at the following location. Note: Although Bindu has been sighted frequently and for more than a year, we could not obtain her image in the camera traps. We had set up a trap near an area she uses commonly but we could not set it on the main path because of very high human trafﬁc. Therefore it was easier to photo- graph her using a SLR than a camera trap because of the possibility of theft of the trap. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 42 17 LEOPARD 17 - FEMALE
18Leopard Female 12 Leopard LF 12 photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 43 18 LEOPARD 18 - FEMALE
1.9. LEOPARDS OF UNKNOWN SEX (AND DIFFERENT FROM THE ABOVE). 19U1 - LEFT FLANK U1 - RIGHT FLANK Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 44 19 LEOPARD 19 - SEX UNKNOWN
Leopard ‘U1’ photographed at the following locations. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 45
20U 2 - LEFT FLANK WAS PHOTOGRAPHED ACCOMPANYING LF 7 IN FOLLOWING IMAGE ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 46 20 LEOPARD 20 - SEX UNKNOWN
Leopard ‘U2’ photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 47
21U3 - LEFT FLANK Leopard ‘U3’ photographed at the following location. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 48 21 LEOPARD 21 - SEX UNKNOWN
1.10. REFERENCES Athreya V. Is Relocation a Viable Management Option for Unwanted Animals? - The Case of the Leopard in India. Conservation Society [serial online] 2006 [cited 2012 Jul 14]; 4:419-23. Available from: http://www.conservationandsociety.org/text.asp?2006/4/3/419/49275 Athreya, V. ; Odden, M.; Linnell, John D. C. ; Ullas K., K. (2011) Translocation as a tool for mitigating con- ﬂict with leopards in human-dominated landscapes of India Conservation Biology, 25 (1). 133-141. BNHS. 2006. City Forest Report. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. BNHS. 2007. City Forest Report. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. Daniel, J.C. 2009. The leopard in India: A natural history. Natraj Publishers. Dehradun. India. Edgaonkar, A. and R. Chellam. 1998. A preliminary study on the ecology of the leopard, Panthera pardus fusca in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, In- dia. Henschel, P., Hunter, L., Breitenmoser, U., Purchase, N., Packer, C., Khorozyan, I., Bauer, H., Marker, L., Sogbohossou, E. & Breitenmoser-Wursten, C. 2008. Panthera pardus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 June 2012. Karanth, K. U., and J. D. Nichols. 1998. Estimation of tiger densities in India using photographic cap- tures and recaptures. Ecology 79:2852– 2862. O’Connell, A.F., Nichols, J. & Karanth, U.K. (2011) Camera Traps in Animal Ecology. Methods and Analyses. Springer, page 286. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 49
Appendix 1.1. The story of BINDU (a leopardess from Aarey Milk Colony) Sex – Female Home range: Aarey Milk Colony & Royal Palms Presumed Birth date – February or March 2011 Approximate age: 1.4–1.5 years Identiﬁcation rosettes L- Left ﬂank R- Right ﬂank Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 50
With her mother 17/05/2011 Place: Aarey Image courtesy: Rajesh Sanap As part of the biodiversity surveys, we (RS & ZM) would visit Aarey Colony regularly in search of spiders and other critters. On one such night, Rajesh called me to show something that he had spot- ted. I and Vishal hurriedly started walking towards him and to our amazement we could see three pairs of eyes glowing in the beam of our ﬂashlights. These eye shines were unmistakable and it took little time for us to conclude that they were leopard cubs. We were cautiously looking out for the mother which surely would be around. Rajesh pointed his ﬂashlight in a far corner and two large and much brighter eyes gave away the location of the mother. She was hiding behind the thicket of a large bush and watching all our movements as well as the cubs. We observed the cubs for over 30 mins and then resumed our search for critters. As we were leaving, one of the curious cubs started following us and was in close proximity providing us with a great opportunity to photograph it. This was the ﬁrst time that we came across this female and we had no clue that she would grow up and rule the area where she was born. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 51
Friends with the Police. 7/09/2011 Place: Aarey Colony Image courtesy Mr. L Tompe (Police Department). Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 52
A 5 Star escapade 08/11/2011 Place: Hotel Renaissance, Mumbai Image courtesy: Forest Department, SGNP. It was as if even she couldn’t resist going to a 5 Star hotel for recreation. Unfortunately she wasn’t the most desirable guest for the hotel staff that day. Hence, the Forest department was called to capture her. Not much of details are available about this misadventure, but the last thing we heard was that she was captured after tranquilization and immediately released the next day in the core area of SGNP. It wasn’t going to be the last… Sleeping beauty 23/11/2011 Place: Aarey Colony Image courtesy Zeeshan Mirza and Vishal Shah We were on our way back home from SGNP after checking a camera trap when we received a call from a local enthusiast in Aarey that a leopard was sitting on a road near by. By the time we reached the spot, the leopard had already left and was nowhere in sight. We stood there for a while talking to our friend who had called us when a pack of dogs gathered out attention. These dogs were frantically barking and we presumed that they were barking at the leopard. So we rushed in the direction of the dogs across a grass ﬁeld nearly 50m away. Upon reaching there, we saw some local residents standing out of their houses with sticks and on being questioned said that the leopard just passed their houses. Our speculations were correct and so we started searching for the leopard. Suddenly, a local resident saw something moving up a mango tree nearby and started shouting, so we rushed to the spot. And there it was, resting in the upper branches of the mango tree. She was totally undeterred by the curi- ous people gathered below and merrily whiling away her time resting and sleeping. We stood there photographing it for nearly One and a Half hours. Then she started descending the tree giving us some really good poses for photography. She jumped down, gave us a purring growl and ran off into the grass ﬁeld nearby. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 53
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A tragic incident February 2012 Place: Aarey Milk Colony. Image courtesy: Forest Department A worker from one of the cattle sheds in unit no. 28 was ‘attacked’ by a leopard on 10/01/2012. This guy apparently was walking down the road towards New Zealand hostel and the leopard jumped on him and scratched him. This we presume that the leopard hadn’t seen the guy approaching and got startled when he was too close and attacked as it got startled. The guy survived with minor injuries. This incident made the locals to put pressure on the Forest department and the department set up tow traps in AMC, one at unit no 28 and one at unit no. 15. Nearly after a month later, a female leopard got caught at the trap set up at unit no. 28. Images received from the forest department conﬁrmed that the captured leopard is Bindu. She was released in the national park immediately after rescue. But camera trapping at the site of the attack showed that another female lives there too; so which leopard actually attacked the man still remains a mystery… Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 55
Return to home ground June 2012 Place: Royal Palms, Goregaon (West). Image courtesy: Arnab Chaudhuri (local resident of Royal Palms) We were informed of a bold leopard apparently ‘terrorizing’ residents of Royal Palms. In order to identify the leopard we along with the forest department set up camera traps in the area. Meanwhile the local residents shared images of the leopard with us. We were amazed at the way the leopard was seen playing around and resting in places probably used to the presence of the people living there. This leopard was a female and was Bindu indeed. So after she was released in February, she had made it back to her home range. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 56
Records of Bindu’s movement Map Courtesy: Google Earth 1. Aarey Milk Colony 2. Aarey Milk Colony 3. Aarey Milk Colony 4. SGNP (Release site ) 5. Royal Palms Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 57
Appendix 1.2. The story of leopard LM2 from SGNP Description: LM2 with chip number 00-063B-5476 Sex/maturity – Male/adult Weight – 58 kg Sites where camera trapped or trapped in cage: Aarey Milk Colony, Kanheri Caves region, Powai re- gion 2nd November, 2012: An attack took place in Maroshi Pada, near Royal Palms (Goregaon east, Mum- bai). The area lies on the border of SGNP sandwiched between the park and Aarey. The victim Shwetha Paghe, a 50 year old woman was killed and dragged late evening when she went to answer nature’s call. Image of article published in Mid Day –Ranjeet Jadhav Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 58
Capturing the Leopard: 3rd November, 2012: The Thane Forest Department set up a leopard cage at the attack site in the eve- ning and around 10.30 pm a leopard got trapped in the cage. The leopard was handed over to the Bo- rivali Forest Department for post capture procedure. No one can be sure if the trapped leopard was responsible for killing the woman or not. Post-capture procedure: 4th November, 2012: The Forest department team taking details of post captures procedure. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 59
Identiﬁcation of the leopard by rosette patterns: Based on the rosette patters, the rescued animal was identiﬁed as LM2 from the database of images captured during the camera trapping (Mirza et al. 2012). In addition to this the leopard possessed a Radio-frequency identiﬁcation (RFID) chip that indicated that the leopard was trapped in the past. Left ﬂank Camera trapping image Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 60
Locations where LM2 was recorded 1. captured in a trap cage at Nitie ,Powai region on 7 Dec 2004 2. released at Gundgaon, Tulshi region on 4 Jan 2005 3. captured in camera trap at Kanheri region on 31 Dec 2011 4. captured in trap cage following an attack on a human at Moroshi Pada, Aarey Milk colony on 2.Nov.2012 Records of LM2 movement Map Courtesy: Google Earth Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 61
Appendix 1.3. Camera trapping process. The camera traps were mainly set up on well-used paths. Camera traps were tied to poles or trees. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 62
Cameras were placed in the evening and removed in the morning in most cases. Cameras were checked when activated each evening. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 63
Appendix 1.4. Right ﬂanks images of leopards obtained in the camera traps. These were not used in the abundance estimates because we did not get images of their left ﬂanks. RIGHT MALE - A RIGHT MALE - B Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 64
RIGHT MALE - C RIGHT FEMALE - A Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 65
RIGHT FEMALE - B RIGHT FEMALE - C Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 66
RIGHT FEMALE - D RIGHT FEMALE - E Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 67
Appendix 1.5. Other species photo-captured. First record for SGNP: Ruddy mongoose (Herpestes smithii) The Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii) is a species of mongoose found in hill forests of peninsu- lar India and Sri Lanka. The ruddy mongoose is a very closely related to Indian grey mongoose, but distinguished by its slightly larger size and black tipped tail extending for 2 to 3 inches at the distal end. This species has previously not been recorded from SGNP. The present record constitutes the ﬁrst report of this species from the national park. Grey Jungle Fowl Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 68
Small Indian Civet Chital Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 69
Wild Boar Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 70
Sambar Porcupine Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 71
Hanuman langur Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 72
Palm Civet Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 73
Peafowl Black-naped Hare Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 74
Barking Deer Jungle Cat Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 75
Appendix 1.6. Camera Trapping Team members. ZEESHAN MIRZA He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Wildlife Biology & Conservation from National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. Zeeshan is interested in the study and photo documentation of snakes, lizards, scorpions and tarantulas. Along with his friend Rajesh Sanap, he has documented the biodiversity of Aarey Milk Colony in Mumbai, during which he has closely observed leopards. RAJESH SANAP Rajesh graduated from the ﬁeld of arts with Economics and Sociology as his main subjects from Pat- kar College, Mumbai. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment, he is interested in the study and photo documentation of taran- tulas, trapdoor spiders and scorpions. During the surveys conducted in Aarey Milk Colony along with Zeeshan, he would frequently encounter leopards which motivated him further to explore the habits of this elusive cat and evaluate their amazing and perhaps misunderstood relation with hu- mans. VISHAL SHAH A post graduate in Marketing, Vishal started his career in the ﬁeld of Media Planning. He is also an avid traveler with an interest in wildlife, photography and adventure sports. Since the past 2 years he has been studying and rescuing snakes. He also helps Zeeshan and Rajesh in their research work. It was during this phase that he developed an interest in the Leopards of Mumbai. NIKHIT SURVE A student at St. Xaviers College, Mumbai, he is pursuing a degree in Botany and Zoology. Nikhit is a nature enthusiast and enjoys watching and exploring wildlife He wants to share his knowledge in minimization of man animal conﬂict so that both of them can exist in harmony. He feels that conser- vation and development go hand in hand and one should not be partial towards either of them NITESH SHRIYAN A graduate in Information Technology and is presently working with Tata Consultancy Services. He is interested in nature photography, trekking and travelling. PRATHAMESH DESAI He has done his B.Sc. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and works in a luxury hotel. An avid and experienced bird watcher for last 3 years, he has achieved a lot in this ﬁeld. His team won the HSBC Mumbai Bird Race 2012. He has been associated with some noted NGOs in Mumbai and Thane including Nyass, BNHS, Pariyawaran Dakshata Mandal and HOPE. He had an opportunity to organ- ize the Dombivli Bird Race last year. Prathamesh has also worked on the birds of Dombivli for the last 2 years and has created various checklists and articles on them. He organizes bird watching trails and gives presentations and lectures on Birding in various schools. ROHIT JHA A student pursuing his Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the National Centre for Bio- logical Sciences, Bangalore, he likes to combine his passion and interest for all things wild and natural with hard core ﬁeld work in order to gain tangible beneﬁts for wild animals and their habitats and satisfy his yearning for an ecologically stable world. Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 76
List of Volunteers who assisted with the camera trapping work. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Name Place Abhijeet Ranade Borivali Ankit Vyas Kandivali Ankita Humraskar Borivali Anusha Shetty Ashish Jadhav Goregaon Divya Singh Jayant Dofey Pune Kanan Thakar Kunal Ullalkar Marol Mrugank Save Dadar Munira Kachwala Navin Sawant Marol Neha Agrawal Nikita Simlani Nilesh Nagwekar Andheri Parvez Shaiﬁ Prasann Nalavade Marol Prasanna Subramanian Borivali Preetha Srinivasan Dahisar Rajesh Sanap Marol Rohit Jha Mira road Satish Pawar Marol Tejal Bhatt Vijaya Mudaliar Mira road Vishal Shah Ghatkopar Yagnesh Mehta Yogesh Band Borivali Satish Pawar Mira road Zeeshan Mirza Marol Kirti Chavan Thane Kuldeep Chaudhari Thane Rohan Kale Dombivili Sharad Singh Dombivili Sonu Singh Thane Sugandha Nimkar Thane Vinay Sawant Thane Report 1! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Camera trapping ! 77
REPORT 2. LEOPARD TRAPPINGS AND ATTACKS ON HUMANS IN AND AROUND SGNP: AN ASSESSMENT OF CONFLICT. Vidya Athreya (email@example.com) Ajay Bijoor (firstname.lastname@example.org) Aparna Watve (email@example.com) Citation: Athreya, V., Bijoor, A. & A. Watve. 2013. Leopard Trappings and Attacks on humans in and around the periphery of SGNP, Mumbai. A Mumbaikars for SGNP project report #2. Submitted to the SGNP Forest Department. Mumbai. Maharashtra. Report 2! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Summary of Conflict 78
2.1. SUMMARY The objective of this study was to use Forest Department records of conﬂict related incidents from SGNP and the adjoining Thane Forest Division in order to assess the temporal patterns of human leopard conﬂict. The results indicate that there were two peaks in leopar
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