Wednesday, November 11, 2009

India: 2 leopards found dead in Kumaon

Rajendra S Markuna - Haldwani
DEHRADUN | Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Two leopards were found dead; one each in Nainital and Almora districts of Kumaon on Tuesday. Both the big cats were reportedly the victims of rising human-animal conflict.

According to Ramnagar division forest officials, a one-year old leopard was found dead near a temple on Paulgarh-Kotabagh Road, 2.5 km away from the Paulgarh range forest office. The cub was reportedly hit by an unknown vehicle, while it was crossing the road.

Due to delayed information and serious injuries inflicted upon the leopard, it could not be saved.

Limited resources only make our monitoring job tougher, added the forest official.

The leopard, after post-mortem, was buried in the presence of forest officials from Kaladhungi range and Ramanagar forest divisions.

In the second case, an 8-year-old leopard died in Almora's Someswar forest range. The post-mortem report of this wild animal is yet to be released, said Almora forest division official. But sources revealed that the leopard died to some injuries, either caused by human or in a fight with another big cat.

Whether it is Almora, far hills of Pithoragarh or Champawat, rapid urbanisation has endangered the species. According to sources, 40 leopards have died in the State this year so far.


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