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Hunt order issued against man eating leopard

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Jan 29: Relenting to the public pressure to eliminate the killer beast, Wild Life Department issued an order to hunt the man eating leopard, who recently killed a 12-year old boy in Nalwa village.
After heavy snowfall in higher reaches, man eating leopard entered in Nalwa village on January 21 and killed a 12-yea-old boy namely Sohail Ahmed, son of Gulam Mohammad, triggering fear psychosis among the villagers.
The leopard may again attack the local people in the area and there is every apprehensions that it may cause further loss of life and property, as the animal has turned man eater with killing of the boy and is dangerous to human lives.
To capture the animal through trapping, capturing or tranquillizing has not been successful and as such the Wild Life Warden, Kishtwar Division has recommended to grant permission to eliminate the animals in village Nalwa.
Consequently, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life) and Chief Wild Life Warden issued an order in favour of Wild Life Warden, Kishtwar Division to hunt the animal forthwith after completing the formalities, if any required, under law.
“The order was issued, following which we constituted a team comprising of police and locals possessing licenced guns. After completing legal procedure, we will start the search operation in Nalwa area as every leopard has his own territory and we are hopeful that we will be able to locate the animal within 2.5 kilometer radius,” said Pankaj, Wild Life Warden Kishtwar Division.
“This particular and rare order to hunt is exclusively for the man eater leopard who struck Nalwa village and anybody who will try to harm other leopards in the garb of this order will be booked under stringent laws”, the officer added.

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