Leopards present in Shimla’s peripheral forests like ghosts but scared of humans: Study

SHIMLA- Studies done by a team of wildlife conservationists and NGO activists reveals that leopards are generally very scared of humans and do avoid people. The study was carried out with night vision cameras, at ten different locations in Shimla. The study revealed interesting findings about presence of leopards in Shimla’s peripheral forests but advised citizens against any panicked reaction on sighting of the animal in their vicinity. “In the night if you are walking alone, even playing music on the mobile phone would keep the leopards away. Leopards are extremely adaptable. They are found living on the edges of a metropolitans like Mumbai—where density of population is higher than Shimla,” reads one of the findings. ~ Ashwani Sharma/IE

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