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Man-eater leopard killed in Uri

Post by on Friday, July 8, 2022

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Baramulla, July 07: After deployment of over 50 of its men for the last 24 days, including the sharp shooters to catch or kill the leopard which mauled three children to death last month, the wildlife department finally succeeded in eliminating the beast in Uri area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. 
 
The wildlife warden north Division, Rashid Naqash called the operation a success. He congratulated the team for eliminating the man-eater without any further damage. 
An official said that the man-eater leopard that mauled three teenagers to death last month was shot dead by sharpshooters of the wildlife department on Wednesday at around 11 p.m. in Bernate village of Uri. 
 
He said that the man-eater leopard was spotted in the Bernate area of Uri and was neutralized after repeated attempts of capturing it alive. 
 
"Several attempts were made to capture the leopard alive, but it attacked the team, prompting them to open fire and kill the leopard on the spot," he added.  
The official further added that the evidence collected from the spot confirmed that it was the same leopard who had turned man-eater. 
 
"Post mortem of the leopard was also conducted," he said. 
 
Earlier in the month of June, 15-year-old Amir Muneer of Kalsan, 12-year-old Shahid Ahmad, and 12-year-old girl Rutba Manzoor were mauled to death by the man-eater leopard within a time span of 48 hours, creating a sense of fear among the locals, who then appealed the authorities to kill the leopard. 
The authorities had declared the leopard a man-eater and issued orders to eliminate it after proper verification. 
 
An official order issued by Chief Wildlife Warden had said that the animal has turned man-eater and there is every apprehension that the problematic animal may cause further loss of life in the area.
"Keeping in view the given facts and circumstances, the undersigned, in exercise of the powers vested in me under sub-section 1 (a) of the section 11 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 hereby accords the permission in favour of Wildlife Warden, North Division, Kashmir to hunt or cause the said animal to be hunted forthwith after completing the required formalities," the official order had directed. 
 
An official said that more than 50 men of the wildlife department, police and local shooters were given the task to trace the leopard and neutralize it. 
After the successful elimination of the leopard, the locals appreciated the action of the wildlife department and police. 
 

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