Rajkot: The counting of leopards by the Gujarat forest department has started from on Monday, official sources said.
"The leopard census began today at various places across the state, including the Gir forest," they said.
The primary headcount will continue to take place till tomorrow evening while the final census would be undertaken on May 18, the sources said.
According to the forest department, the state had nearly 1,070 leopards, in which over 300 were registered in Gir forest, when the census had taken place last time around in 2006.
The department is hoping that the population of the wild cat crosses the 1,300-mark this time around.