Friday, June 22, 2007

India: Poachers turn to leopards

21 Jun, 2007 - 1200 hrs IST - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

JAIPUR: Panthers [leopards] seem to be the latest target of poachers at Sariska. A case of panther-death after being hit by bullets has left authorities red faced.

The panther was found dead at Bhaironghat area on June 16, the field director of Sariska, Somsekhar, told TOI.

"In a bid to save a smaller panther from a bigger one, a forest guard was attacked. He managed to save himself and reported the matter to higher authorities. On reaching the spot, forest officials found the young panther dead. But post-mortem revealed that the panther had died of gunshot injuries," he said. _panther_killed_at_Sariska/articleshow/2137435.cms

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