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Leopard kills child in Kashmir, India

Leopard kills child in Kashmir


March 09, 2006



SRINAGAR, India (UPI) -- A leopard has killed a 7-year-old girl in Kashmir, dragging her into the forest by the neck as she came out of her home, local officials said. 


The child, identified as Rubina Bano, had gone outdoors Wednesday night to relieve herself when the beast attacked, the New Kerala News reported. Her family members and other villagers ran after the leopard, but it disappeared into the forest.


The badly mauled body was recovered in the forest Thursday morning.


The incident occurred in Bhagla village in Doda district, the officials said, and had caused panic in the area.


Leopards have killed four people in Indian Kashmir since December, police said.


They are more likely to attack in winter, coming down from the high mountains in search of food.


The animals are protected, but police and wildlife officials will shoot them if they threaten human life.


There are about 14,000 leopards in India, but poachers are causing their numbers to fall, as their pelts are highly prized.


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