Thursday, May 19, 2022
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No Purrs Here

No Purrs Here

What do you do with 33 leopards in a national park which have killed 10 people and injured three in a single month? Ecologists would say, just get out of their way. Bureaucrats in Mumbai, however, have other ideas—they laid traps for them, caught two of in a midnight operation, released the first batch of 50 pigs of the targeted 500, let loose half-a-dozen terrified rabbits, and have plans to release one lakh stray dogs as fodder for the beasts. The cats have been inhabiting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park for decades. But in the last few years, slum lords have hawked land to 69,000 families and builders have sliced up parts of the verdant forests. Environmentalist Debi Goenka took the issue to court in 1995 and it stopped commercial activity.

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