Leopard Poaching in Himachal: Another severely mutilated carcass found in Mandi, 4 cases in 2 months
MANDI- Leopard poaching in Himachal Pradesh continues and leopard carcasses are being regularly found in mutilated state. Fourth case has come into light in last two and half months. Another carcass of a leopard was found in Khajoor village of Lad Bharol Tehsil, Joginder Nagar, Mandi district. Displaying extreme brutality, poacher had chopped off the head, all four legs, and tail before dumping the carcass about 70 feet down a roadside. Police has registered a case under Wild Life Protection Act, 51. The B.O. Forest Department, Pawan Kumar and the vet, Amit Karmani, inspected the carcass and handed over it to the forest officials.
As per the vet, initial inspection suggests that the poachers strangled the leopard with a trap before severely mutilating it.
The carcass was first noticed by villagers when their goats were scared after seeing it. Villagers checked it and informed the up-pradhan of the Ropari-Kalehadu (रोपड़ी कलैहड़ू) panchayat. The culprits still remain unidentified while police claim initiation of investigation soon.
This is the forth leopard in Himachal to be killed by unknown culprits within two months. At the beginning of February month, a leopard was killed by forest team and villagers in district Una after it attacked them. The forest team had arrived to rescue the cat wounded after it was shot with firearm.
Towards the end of the February, a leopard was found dead in the forest of Kaula Wala Bhood in district Sirmaur. All four paws were chopped off for the nails by the killers.
In March, gruesome animal trap laid by hunters slit the throat of a marvelous, six and half feet female leopard in Ward.3 of the Dada Siba Panchayat in district Kangra.