Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, are the world’s only megacities of 10 million-plus people where large felines breed, hunt and maintain territory within urban boundaries.

Long-term studies in both cities have examined how the big cats prowl through their urban jungles and how people can best live alongside them.

Scientists in India recently fitted five leopards with tracking collars to understand how they use territory around Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

In Los Angeles, research showing how harmful a fragmented habitat and risks of inbreeding would be for mountain lions fueled support for building a wildlife crossing bridge over a busy freeway.

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