Man-eater leopard caught in Uttar Pradesh

August 18th, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 18 (IANS) A man-eater leopard, which had been on the prowl for about a month in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district, has been caught, forest officials said Monday. “The leopard was caught Sunday near the forest reserve in the Rampur Matheli village of the district,” Divisional Forest Officer R.K. Singh told IANS.

The leopard had attacked four people, killing one of them in Sujauli village of Bahraich, about 270 kms from here, he added. The Katarniyaghat forest reserve is situated in the area.

The leopard was trapped with the help of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), officials said.

“We had deployed armed guards to restrict the leopard from entering the forest reserve and several cages were installed on various routes between the forest and the village,” said Singh.

“As the leopard had evaded us many times before, this time we used a goat as a bait to trap it,” he added.

Meanwhile, forest officials in Lakhimpur Kheri district, where the Dudhwa national park is located, are afraid floods could drive leopards to target residential colonies in search of food.

“The flood in the area has affected the leopards’ natural habitat. As a result, they tend to move out of the forests in search of prey,” said Divisional Forest Officer (North Kheri) K.K. Singh.

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