Jun
07
2007

Calling all leopards – by cell phone

Can you hear me know?: Wildlife managers in India are using cell phone ringtones of chickens, goats and cows to draw troublesome leopards into villages to be trapped and moved to safer locations. (Photo by Sunshine Hanan)
Can you hear me know?: Wildlife managers in India are using cell phone ringtones of chickens, goats and cows to draw troublesome leopards into villages to be trapped and moved to safer locations. (Photo by Sunshine Hanan)
How do they deal with bothersome leopards in India? Call them up on a cell phone.

Indian villages with chronic leopard problems have turned to cell phones as a solution. Callers set their phone to have a ringtone that sounds like a chicken, goat or cow. Then at night, they have someone call that phone. The bothersome leopard hears the artificial animal call, comes in closer to investigate and walks right into a live trap.

The trapped leopards are then taken deeper into area forests where they won’t be a problem in the every-day-life of the villagers. Encroaching development into traditional leopard habitats has driven some of the cats into settled areas.

It’s not too bad a deal for the leopards, that’s for sure. You just might want to be sure you don’t have a chicken, goat or cow ringtone on your phone if you’ll be traveling to India anytime soon.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what do leopards eat!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 5:13pm
bryan kennedy's picture

To figure that out you might want to check out the Wikipedia entry on leopards. Would you wanna meet a leopard walking down a dark alley? No? Well then you might guess that leopards might eat meat. Now you just need to figure out what kinds or scrumptious beast a leopard might be able to track down.

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 5:44pm
J Gordon's picture
J Gordon says:

There's a serious flaw with this leopard-baiting strategy:
What about Def Leppards?

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 9:04pm

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