A male leopard was killed after being run over by a vehicle on Friday night in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, forest officials said.
Morning walkers found the body on Saturday and informed officials who then sent the carcass for a post-mortem. After the post-mortem, the DNA of the leopard was sent to the Wildlife Institute of India and the body was burnt.
“There was a possibility that the leopard, around one-a-half-year old, was injured in a fight with another big cat, and then came towards the road where it was run over by some vehicle,” said forest officer Prayag Dutt Bhatt. “The exact cause of the death will be known after completion of investigations.”
According to data available with the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), 157 leopards – 31 in Uttarakhand -- died across the country since the start of this year; 436 leopard deaths were recorded in 2016. There are close to 14,000 leopards in the country.
Bageshwar has been witnessing increased presence of leopards in city limits; a few weeks ago, a leopard entering a home in the night was sighted in a CCTV footage.