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Tom Kellie posted a topic in Indian wildlifehttp://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/big-cats-increase-but-not-their-habitat-size/article19096565.ece http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/tiger-tribe-swells-in-karnataka/article19095746.ece https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273454974_Providing_more_protected_space_for_tigers_Panthera_tigris_A_landscape_conservation_approach_in_the_Western_Ghats_southern_India ~ These June, 2017 articles from The Hindu explain the dilemma between the steady increase in the tiger population in Karnataka and the Western Ghats, and the reality of insufficient habitat to accommodate the increase. Tiger numbers in such areas as Nagarahole and Bandipur have reached their ecological carrying capacity without any corresponding increase in protected areas for both tiger and prey populations.
Scientists have been working in estimating leopard cat densities in the Western Ghats of India. Leopard cats apear to prefer secondary forests or tea plantations where many rodents live, while densities are lower in areas with strong populations of tigers and leopards. http://www.mid-day.com/articles/karnataka-scientists-estimating-leopard-cat-population-in-western-ghats/16325184
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