Mahmood Soofi

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Human-carnivore conflicts challenge biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods, but the role of diseases of domestic animals in their predation by carnivores is poorly understood. We conducted a human-leopard (Panthera pardus) conflict study throughout all 34 villages around Golestan National Park, Iran in order to find the most important conflict(More)
Livestock is represented in big cat diets throughout the world. Husbandry approaches aim to reduce depredation, which may influence patterns of prey choice, but whether felids have a preference for livestock or not often remains unclear as most studies ignore livestock availability. We assessed prey choice of the endangered Persian leopard (Panthera pardus(More)
Human-carnivore conflicts over livestock depredation are increasingly common, yet little is understood about the role of husbandry in conflict mitigation. As shepherds and guarding dogs are most commonly used to curb carnivore attacks on grazing livestock, evaluation and improvement of these practices becomes an important task. We addressed this issue by(More)
Dear Editor, Mirzakhani et al. (2016) presented the first confirmed case of the feline panleukopenia virus (FPL) in wildcat (Felis silvestris) in Iran using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. In principle, identification of such a contagious virus in captive conditions may surely expand our understanding of potential infections in captive and(More)
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