Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Man-eater leopard in Dangs district captured.

Express news service
Posted online: Tuesday , March 11, 2008 at 12:15:25
Updated: Tuesday , March 11, 2008 at 12:36:37

Gandhinagar, March 10 A man-eater leopard in the Dangs district, which had reportedly killed six people in the past three months has been captured. The female leopard was captured on March 5 from Susarda village.
The capture of the big cat was announced in the House on Monday, in a calling attention motion filed by Jitubhai Chaudhary.

The panther had killed three persons in December, two in February and one person only recently at the Sakar Patal range in the district.

Forest officials had launched a search operation for the leopard. Forest department teams and local residents had traced the animal’s route and placed cages at strategic locations in a bid to snare it.

Forest department officials had also directed villagers not to venture out alone, and bury residues of non-vegetarian food away from their homes.

The recent spurt in leopard attacks had also prompted the state forest department to arrange for more cages at villages and to launch a special campaign with the help of trekkers from Gir, eventually leading to the capture of the big cat.

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