Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Leopard creates panic in Indian hamlet

Tuesday January 30 2007 00:00 IST

HOSUR: A leopard killed a three-month-old calf in a hill hamlet in Soolagiri panchayat union, besides ransacking a cattle shed.

According to sources, a leopard with its two cubs, from the reserved forest area in Soolagiri division entered Bogipuram village in the wee hours of Monday.

It then entered a cattle shed and killed the calf. The animal also ransacked the shed. Hearing the noise, the villagers rushed to the spot. But, the leopard escaped with the body of the calf.

Based on the information, a squad from the Krishnagiri forest division rushed to the spot. After struggling for three hours, the forest officials chased away the leopard and its cubs back to the forest.

The killing of cattle by the leopards has been continuing in the villages in and around Soolagiri for the past three months. The public wanted the forest officials to take effective steps to prevent the wild animals from entering the human dwelling in the Soolagiri panchayat union.

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20070129110845& Page=T&Title=Southern+News+-+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0

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