Should residents of Mumbai work to change a leopard's spots or how people spot leopards?
A wildlife warden must decide how to manage human-leopard interactions in urban India in the wake of a recent attack.
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In the Anthropocene age, it is inevitable that human populations grow and cities expand, leading to increased human-wildlife interactions. Dealing with them so that they don’t turn into conflicts is a challenge. The city of Mumbai, one of the world’s most populous metropolises, has to deal with leopards that also call the city home. With different kinds of people having different voices and opinions, management of large cats in such a densely populated urban landscape has lessons for other such spaces. In this case study, students follow a wildlife warden through the decision-making process of resolving a conflict and attempt to come up with a solution that satisfies the important stakeholders.