India: Another leopard ensnared, killed

19 Sep 2008, 0521 hrs IST,TNN
CHIKMAGALUR: Continuing the manwild animal conflict, another leopard was killed at Kenjige in Mudigere taluk on Thursday morning. The five-year-old leopard was killed when it was caught in a snare kept to capture wild boars. Recently, a leopard was killed in Mysore and another one died when it was caught in a snare in Ramnagar.
The leopard, which came in search of prey, got entangled in a trap attached to the fence at Kenjige coffee estate. The animal tried hard to escape, but could not.
The big cat was alive when forest officials and veterinarians reached the spot but without tranquilizing the animal, no one could go near it. They watched helplessly as the leopard died without medical aid.
According to D V Girish, expert on big cats and also former wildlife warden, leopards stray into human habitat in search of prey as its prey base had decreasee in the wild.
He said leopards that are trapped in snares can be saved by prompt rescue operation and this calls for a tranquilizing expert in every district headquarters.
He said the leopard which was trapped at Mudigere could have been saved if doctors arrived on time. Forest officials, who rushed to the spot, could not save the animal as no tranquilizing expert accompanied them. He said awareness among the public about the behaviour of big cats is necessary.
“Leopards, which are generally shy and hide when they find crowds, become easy target for killers and that was what happened in Mysore,” he said.


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