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Assam Forest Department To Start Leopard Census

According to reports, camera-trapping will be used for the census with 50 cameras being installed in Sila Reserve Forest, Changsari, NIPER, AIIMS, etc.

Assam Forest Department To Start Leopard Census

Sentinel Digital Desk

Guwahati: In a bid to reduce the chances of man-leopard conflicts, the Assam Government will conduct a leopard counting census for the first time in the state.

An exclusive leopard counting census in Assam's forest and non-forest areas has been initiated by North Kamrup Forest Division in leopard density areas of Amingaon in Kamrup district that will kick off from January 31.

According to reports, camera-trapping will be used for the census with 50 cameras being installed in Sila Reserve Forest, Changsari, NIPER, AIIMS, etc.

The camera trapping will be done for a period of 24 weeks and data from each camera will be extracted at an interval of every seven days.

Taking to micro-blogging site twitter, Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweeted, ''The 24-week camera trapping census will be the first of its kind in Assam! Sustainable development remains our commitment with priority to wildlife conservation too!"

In this regard, a one-week execution program has been planned by North Kamrup Forest Division during which verifying of camera traps, the study of maps, in-depth discussion with senior forest officials, volunteer participation plan, field survey, and target location selection will be held.

The camera trapping will start from February 7 after the layout of the detailed plan.

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