Leopard, leopard everywhere

Leopards are suddenly being sighted all over India. Rapid urbanisation and change in weather conditions have made wild animals move towards cities in search of food. This has led to man vs animal conflict at many places. Villagers in Yamunanagar district had a tense night on Sunday as a wild cat spent almost seven hours on a tree near the village while it injured four persons in two separate incidents in Mathura on Monday.

In the incident in Yamunanagar of India, the big cat had climbed the tree near Pipli Wala village in Sadhaura block, which is near Manglore forest of Kalesar National Park.

According to a report, a farmer had seen the leopard. He alerted villagers and they gathered at one place. The leopard climbed up a tree. Farmers were fearful that the leopard might attack their cattle.

The Wildlife Department captured the wild cat and released it in the forest.

In Jammu and Kashmir, a leopard entered into the cattle shed of a farmer in Thakrakot tehsil of Reasi district and killed 35 animals. An official said that a leopard entered into the cattle shed of Mohammad Fareed, son of Bali Daad, resident of Jijj Bagansar in Thakrakot tehsil of Reasi district.

In another incident in Surat, a leopard was found in Variav area on Monday early morning.

According to forest officials, the four-year-old leopard was captured. The forest officials were alerted by locals after they found the wild animal roaming in their locality. Forest team that rushed to the spot placed a cage in farms near Variav village and caged the leopard. It was shifted to Forest Department office in dense forest and released.

There was report of leopard sighting in Mathura also. In fact, four persons were injured in two separate incidents on Monday when a leopard strayed into Karnau village in Mathura. According to reports, the leopard pounced upon villager Satish Chandra as the latter was working in his fields, situated only 100 metres away from his house.

“On seeing the leopard, another resident, Rajesh, rushed in to help me and was also injured in the process,” said Chandra. Both Chandra and Rajesh sustained injuries in their forearms and face. They immediately informed the police and Forest Department and a five-member team was delegated to capture the big cat.

Two other villagers, identified as Jitendra and Dharamveer of Nandu Gadhi village, were injured during the search operation for the leopard by forest officials.