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Leopard strays into Maharashtra village, attacks locals in bid to escape

Agencies  New Delhi, April 21, 2014
First Published: 20:04 IST(21/4/2014) | Last Updated: 20:52 IST(21/4/2014)

A leopard sparked panic in a Maharashtra village on Monday after it attacked locals as it wandered onto the rooftop of a house.

The big cat strayed into the Chandrapur district, scaring the residents and forcing them to run for their lives. It attacked a resident while people tried to corner it.

The leopard then ran into the bathroom of a hut to hide from the crowd. Television reports said the forest department later caught the leopard and was in the process of releasing it into the wild.

Illegal deforestation, logging, earth-cutting and extension of residential settlements and croplands into reserved forests and hillocks have reduced the natural habitat of animals, forcing them to wander around in search of food.

Watch video: Leopard attacks villagers in Maharashtra

In Uttar Pradesh, an eight-year-old girl was killed in an attack by a leopard near Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary. The girl was attacked while she was sleeping in the courtyard of her house on Sunday. Her body was later recovered from the forest.

A leopard had sparked panic in Meerut after wandering into a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block in February. Authorities had closed schools in the city after the leopard was discovered prowling the city's streets. It later attacked two people in a market but was never caught.

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