Elusive hunter

Print edition : May 30, 2014

Unlike tigers, leopards are agile and good climbers of trees. A leopard in Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu.

Leopards can thrive in any type of forest and are highly adaptable.

Curious, cunning and graceful.

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The attractive coat of the leopard also lets it blend into the forest vegetation.

Leopards prefer to take their kill to treetops.

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Photographers need cameras with telephoto lenses and lots of patience to shoot a leopard.

A leopard with distinctive patterns that was photographed in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Kerala recently. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Wildlife officals with a leopard killed by the Army after it was spotted in a residential area in Mir Bazar, Anantnag, 70 kilometres from Srinagar, on February 10. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

A male leopard that was trapped near Valparai, Tamil Nadu, in November 2011. It had attacked an eight-year-old girl. Photo: K. Ananthan

The leopard created panic in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and attacked people in a hospital complex on February 23.

Leopard dodging hunters in a hospital complex in Meerut on February 23. Photo: AP

A policeman tries to charge the leopard with a stick at the hospital in Meerut. The animal managed to escape. Photo: AP

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