Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)
Declare killer leopard a man eater: Forest dept
UDAIPUR: A day after a leopard killed a middle-aged woman in Udaipur, the forest department has installed two cages at Singathwara forests to catch it and urged authorities to declare the animal a man-eater, said deputy conservator of forest (DCF) Mukesh Saini.
The officials have also written a letter to the authorities for compensation to the deceased woman’s family,
“The leopard was seen near the cages on Thursday night but it fled as the villagers started shouting on seeing it. The cages are still there and we are hoping that the animal will be caught,” Saini said.
The woman from Singathwara village was killed by the leopard at Zawar mines area of Udaipur on Thursday, The incidence came to light when a woman who went to graze cattle spotted the animal eating the body parts of the deceased.
The woman rushed to the village and raised an alarm. A large number of villagers rushed to the spot but the animal kept on eating the body parts of the woman. “Later a team of Zawar Mines police station reached the spot and fired in the air. The leopard then left its prey and fled in the forest,” Saini said.
The body of the woman was shifted to mortuary.
In another incident at Tiger Hills, a leopard attacked a dog and killed it. The incidence was captured in the CCTV installed in the area.
Naveen Kumar, a resident of Tiger Hills, said, “It was not the first incident as the leopard has strayed many a times into the residential colony in the area, But no action has been taken by the forest department to stop movement of leopards.”