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Man-eater leopard shot dead

Press Trust of India  |  Rishikesh 

A female suspected to be a man-eater was shot dead in the early hours today in Motichur range of Rajaji Reserve in Uttarakhand, an said.

Aged about 6-7 years, the female was shot dead at around 3.30 am when it was spotted walking with a limp near Khand village where people displaced by the reside, said.

On close examination its right paw was found to be severed which made it walk with a limp, he said.

The disability may also have been the reason why the big cat had become a man-eater instead of hunting in the forests for prey, Sonkar said.

The authorities have a strong suspicion that the female killed today had claimed a number of victims in villages neighbouring the reserve.

The order to kill the suspected man-eater leopards was issued by the then wildlife DVS Khati through a letter dated May 21, 2018, which also authorised Dehradun resident as the for the purpose, Sonkar said.

Singh shot the leopard with his personal high-calibre gun, he said.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 14:25 IST