Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Six leopards caught in two districts of Gujarat

PTI | 10:04 PM,Apr 22,2012 Vadodara, Apr 22 (PTI) Atleast six leopards have been caught from two districts of Junagadh and Amreli in Gujarat in the last two days after an increase in the instances of attack by the big cats on humans, a top forest officer said today. "Three leopards were caught from Inaj village this morning while another was caged at Kadambri village at Dhari area in Amreli district. The forest department has put up five cages around Inaj and surrounding villages to trap the wild cats creating panic in the area," District Conservator of Forest Aradhana Sahu told PTI from Junagadh. The cages were set in the wake of an attack by a leopard on eight-year-old Asmita Bharad and mauling another in Inaj village of Veraval taluka a few days back, Sahu said. Following this attack, which was third in the last two months, we decided to set up five cages around Inaj village and succeeded in catching three big cats early morning, Sahu said. In two related incidents, one-year-old Sapna Damor of Madhya Pradesh was killed by a leopard in sugarcane field in Junagadh district, while in another incident, a big cat dragged 12-year-old Nirmla Puwar from Ghantiya village of Sutrapada taluka of Junagadh district and later killed her. Sharma further said "a leopard who had killed a 60-years-old woman in Kadambri village two days back has been caught this morning". She also informed that the forest officials also managed to trap a male lion from Nageshwari village under the Gir range today. The lion and a lioness had hunted down a youth two days back. The sugarcane fields in which the migrant labourers and their family members stay have turned into the leopards' habitat as they stray there.
Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/six-leopards-caught-in-two-districts-of-gujarat/989203.html

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