Sunday, April 19, 2009

Indian villagers being attacked by fishing cat?

Mystery continues -- leopard or fishing cat?
15 Apr 2009, 0202 hrs IST, TNN

LUCKNOW: The hunt for the wild cat is still on in Ballia. It has not been established as yet whether it is a leopard or a fishing cat which has attacked the villagers in the past week.

The animal has not been identified still, said R K Singh, DFO, Ballia. At least four villagers have sustained injuries since April 9 with one of them getting seriously injured. Only a few villagers have seen the animal. The officials are combing the area. They are also creating awareness among the villagers by distributing pamphlets.

The incidents have taken place in Govindpura village under Bhimpura police station in Biltra Road range of Ballia. The two biggest evidences that can prove the presence of the big cat and help identify if it is a leopard or a fishing cat could be the pugmarks and the kills (animals killed to prey on). But none have been found in the vicinity of the village.

Chances are that it is a fishing cat but the region is replete with rumours that it could be a leopard. Forest officials claim that there is no forest within 150 km area from the village. The village is an agricultural area.


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