NANFA-- Potentially dangerous animals

Sajjad Lateef (
Fri, 5 Mar 2004 06:18:31 -0800 (PST)

Ty Hall wrote:
> Everyone has different opinions. I'm not asking you to agree with
> nor do I require your approval. I am simply amazed when people move
> into a habitat occupied by a potentially dangerous animal and then
> act surprised when they see one.

I know that I am risking the wrath of NANFA members here, but,
I would like to add to the native fauna displacement info,
but, from India.

Bombay (or Mumbai as it is now called) is one of the most densely
populated areas in the world with 18 million people crowded
in an area of approx 172 sq miles. Bombay used to 12 islands
off the mainland. These islands are now joined into one big
land-mass (by reclaimation) into Greater Bombay.

Anyway, population pressures have got developers building on
the mainland in an area called "New Bombay", in the foothills
of the Western Ghats mountain range, displacing the native animals.
The Ghats are the equivalent of the Cascade Mountains of WA, OR.

Guess what animals they are displacing?

Leopards - arguably, the most dangerous big cat.

Dogs, cats and small children have to be locked indoors after sunset.
Leopards can be found roaming freely in school yards (at night).

On the bright side, the new developments are models in environmentally
friendly construction. Water is very expensive. All homes now have
separate lines for kitchen&bath waste water and sewage water. The
kitchen&bath water is collected and centrally treated (filtered,
ozone-treated) and reused for toilet flushing. Rainwater is collected
and stored. Sewage treatment plants treat the sewage and water is
then delivered for agricultural watering use. I saw several innovative
water treatment equipment (which was familiar from my aquarium
knowledge) but gigantic. Venturi powerheads are redesigned into
huge floating "water freshening units". Huge sand filters, etc.
Environmental Consultanting is big business.



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