Panic in city as leop­ard on loose

The Weekend Post - - World -

A STRAY leop­ard cre­ated claws for alarm yes­ter­day when it was spot­ted wan­der­ing through a res­i­den­tial area of a north­ern In­dian city in broad day­light.

As lo­cals of the area in Ja­land­har city in north­ern Pun­jab state scat­tered, a group of rangers in­ter­vened with­out paws, jump­ing in to wran­gle the big cat out of harm’s way.

At first they tried to tran­quil­lise it, but it es­caped over a wall and into the vil­lage, send­ing lo­cals run­ning for their lives. The feisty feline bit one ranger and clawed two oth­ers, at­tack­ing one man as the group bolted for cover af­ter at­tempt­ing to cap­ture it with a net.

The leop­ard also in­jured a res­i­dent who pelted it with rocks. How­ever, none of the in­juries were se­ri­ous. Even­tu­ally the an­i­mal wan­dered into a build­ing and the rangers locked it in a room.

A leop­ard is also thought to be re­spon­si­ble for the death of a three-year-old In­dian boy who was found dead on Tues­day.

Con­flicts be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals are on the rise in In­dia, as the hu­man pop­u­la­tion grows and peo­ple be­gin liv­ing in ar­eas near and even in­side na­ture re­serves.

Pic­ture: AFP

A leop­ard at­tacks an In­dian man in the Lamba Pind area in Ja­land­har. The an­i­mal at­tacked at least six peo­ple, though none was in­jured se­ri­ously, lo­cal me­dia said.

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