However in rural India, tolerating other forms of life is a part of their lifestyle, be it domestic animals or wild. It is something western countries are trying hard to foster in their public because in recent times conservation efforts have allowed wild carnivores to come back to areas they had been exterminated from. But now the public does not want them there anymore. We take the tolerance we see around us for granted and not only that, we even go about decreasing it; by delaying compensation, by translocating otherwise harmless animals. Most importantly, we do not acknowledge this tolerance, because of which, so many species of large carnivore still live in our country despite a high human population density -- unlike any other country in the world. If I had my way I would thank each and every one of the sun burnt kakas and kakus not only in words but also in kind.
The collaring of Sita
Left Top: A rusty spotted cat kitten that was mistaken for a leopard cub, found while the sugarcane was being cut, Left Bottom: Leopard cub found in a burning sugarcane field, Right: A goat killed by a leopard.
Collars

From Left: Lakshai's fallen collar, Collar on an animal
The collars has three units, the box on the top contains a GPS chip which takes positions from the satellites just like the hand held GPS. It also contains a SIM card, and in our case, the SIM card was an international card so that it could pick up all the networks. Every five locations were sent as a sms to the server in Norway. Since we had only a handful of collars, we decided to use the server of our collaborators to save costs. Within a few minutes of the sms, it is possible to access the locations by logging on to their server. The GPS unit also had a VHF transmitter which transmits a signal in Very High Frequency range and allowed us to locate the collar with the help of a handheld receiver. The collars also have a pre-programmed drop-off mechanism so that once we were done with our work, the animal did not have to lug around an extra weight unnecessarily. The collar also obtains extra information like temperature and activity. The third unit which sits at the lower part of the neck of the animal is the battery, for both the GPS and VHF transmitters.
 


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