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      Stray dogs attack snow leopard and run the risk of decreasing its food supply.
     Shimla, Dec 29 (IANS) The third eye is monitoring the movement of the highly endangered, elusive snow leopard in the cold deserts of Himachal Pradesh. And one of the camera traps has thrown up useful footage of a pack of dogs attacking and injuring a snow leopard.
      With just about 750 snow leopards left in India, the Himachal Pradesh government is using cameras to monitor their movement in Spiti Valley, the states northernmost part, running parallel to the Tibetan border.
      The states wildlife department, in coordination with Mysore-based non-governmental organisation Nature Conservation Foundation, has installed 20 camera traps (automatic cameras) in Spiti Valley.
      One of the cameras captured shots of a pack of dogs attacking a snow leopard. The dogs were abandoned by the pastoral communities that migrate from alpine pastures in summer along with their livestock, chief wildlife warden A.K. Gulati told IANS.
      From this video clip, we came to know that abandoned dogs are also a potential threat to the wild cat. However, in this case, the snow leopard managed to escape with minor injuries on its hind legs, Gulati said.
      According to wildlife experts, the rise in the population of abandoned dogs might pose a threat to the snow leopards food chain.
      The dogs usually attack in a pack and its easy for them to hunt even big mammals like the Himalayan blue sheep. This might reduce the prey base of the wild cat, an expert said.

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      Pack of stray dogs kills leopard
      A leopard was on Friday killed by a pack of stray dogs in Bhilangana village of Tehri.
      According to reports here, the leopard seems to have barged into the territory of the stray dogs who then killed it.
      "The villagers were going to home after finishing the day' work in the field when they heard sounds of dogs barking and of spitting by the leopard. By the time the villagers reached the spot, the leopard was already dead," said Uttam Singh Panwar, gram pradhan.
      The pack had also mauled a tiger earlier.
      Range officer K S Bhandari said, "The leopard came from the forest towards the village when the street dogs began chasing it. The five-year-old leopard was surrounded and cornered by the dogs which attacked it. The entire incident came to an end within a few minutes."
      The carcass was taken to the range office in Ghansali for postmortem examination. "The leopard will be cremated after examination," said Panwar, adding that the incident has come as a relief to villagers as they were scared of the animal. This has reduced the possibility of attacks on cattle and humans.


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