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Leopard distribution in relation to human pressures and prey resources in North Khorasan province, Iran


Sanei, Arezoo and Gordmardi, Eskandar and Jafari, Behrouz and Absalan, Hossein and Hussin, Mohamed Zakaria (2013) Leopard distribution in relation to human pressures and prey resources in North Khorasan province, Iran. In: International Forestry Graduate Students' Conference 2013 (FORGRAD 2013), 2-4 July 2013, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor. (pp. 58-61).


The study aimed at identifying leopard-livestock conflict hotspots in the Khorasan Province for leopard conservation and management programs. Camera trappings, tracking (i.e. footprints and faeces), systematic interviews with local communities were used. The most suitable leopard habitats in the province are found in the southern portion of Maneh and Samalghan, Bojnourd, and the northern parts of Jajarm and Esfarayen Townships. Various species of leopard, wolf, wild boar and Indian crested porcupine were found. Leopards were found to be responsible for 10.6 % of the total conflict hotspots. Complaints from the local communities were mostly with regards to damages rendered by wild boar and porcupines, and livestock depredation by wolves. Local community awareness about compensation programs currently conducted by the Department of Environment Office and the introduction of livestock insurance regulations might effectively reduce and prevent leopard revenge killings in the region.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Publisher: Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Leopard-livestock conflict; Habitat; Persian leopard
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 05:37
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 05:37
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/58016
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