Sunday, May 31, 2009

India: Three-legged leopard killed by vehicle

Female leopard hit to death along LoC in Poonch

Jammu, May 25 : A three-legged leopard was hit to death today by unknown vehicle in the forests along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.

The body of a full grown female leopard was found on a road at Balakote in the Mendhar area of Poonch district, the sources said.

There was fresh bleeding from the mouth and nostril of the dotted animal, which had already lost one of its forelimbs, the sources said.

It is believed that the leopard had died after being hit by military vehicle because no other vehicular movement is allowed on that road.

Police party from Mendher, along with wildlife officials, rushed to the spot and shifted the body of big cat to the police station.

Forest fires along the LoC and subsequent mine explosions have disturbed the natural habitat of wild animals and birds, which have reportedly migrated to populated areas down the hills.

--- UNI


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