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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Uttarakhand: Man-eater leopard on the prowl, kills 2

Nihi Sharma Sahani, Hindustan Times  Dehradun, August 17, 2014
First Published: 19:25 IST(17/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:03 IST(17/8/2014)

The forest department has decided to kill the leopard which killed two people and injured two in Pithoragarh district recently. According to deputy divisional forest officer Manohar Singh Semaiya, the leopard has become a terror in villages around Didihat.

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“It has killed two people and injured two. The chief wildlife warden (CWW) has given the consent to kill the animal,” Semaiya told HT.

A man-eater female leopard was killed in Tehri on August 14. According to experts, at least 10 leopards turn man-eaters every year in the state killing more than 50 people.

The forest department’s registered shooter Joy Hukil, who killed the man-eater in Tehri, said, “The leopard had killed three people and injured one since July 1 in Tehri. Once a man-eater, always a man-eater. So, with the request of the forest department I killed the animal on August 14. Another leopard has created terror in Pithoragarh. I will go to the district shortly. Every year 10-12 leopards become man-eaters in the state.”

In Tehri the leopardess killed a woman at Bhajiyal village on July 1, an 8-year-old girl at Solisa village in Ghansali block on August 14 and a 65-year-old man on August 5. A woman was injured on July 17.

The leopardess was lured by a bait and then shot dead. The 8-year-old leopardess did not have claws (nails) and its teeth were broken. As it was without claws, the leopardess was not able to hunt other animals. It found humans an easy prey.

During monsoon season, leopards create terror not only in villages adjoining forest areas, but also in cities. Dehradun and Haridwar have frequently reported leopard presence even in populated areas. Last week, a leopard was caught at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) golf course in the capital. It was trapped in wire and rescued by  Dehradun forest division employees.


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