Friday, November 13, 2009

Train runs over female leopard in India's Rajaji park

Prithviraj Singh - Dehradun
DEHRADUN - Friday, November 13, 2009

A female leopard was run over by a Dehradun bound train, early morning on Thursday at Kanso Range of Rajaji National Park, while Corbett forest officials were trying hard to cage a tiger that habitually strays into villages close to Mandal forest range of Kalagarh Tiger Reserve Division.

Talking to The Pioneer Rajaji National Park Director SS Rasaily confirmed the death of an eight-year-old female leopard around 4 am on Thursday.

"The leopard was completely crushed to death after it got trapped under the train exactly on the Suswa river bridge," Rasaily said.

According to him it was likely that the big cat could not find any way to escape once it came up on the bridge and came under the Dehradun-bound train coming from Delhi.

In another important case Corbett officials were trying hard to cage a tiger in Kalagarh division following frequent complaints of the beast straying into nearby human territories.

According to the sources, villagers from Akshrai village in Mandal forest range were living in constant fear as the tiger was often frequenting their area.

Kalagarh division forest officials informed that repeated complaints from villagers forced them to place a cage with bait near the village.

According to the Kalagarh division forest officials, this was to prevent the tiger from picking up its kill in the village and before it turned into a maneater. According to officials the trapped tiger would be set free in the forest area and not taken to a zoo.


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