Search operations on for man-eater leopard
Dehradun: The forest patrolling team is continuously searching for the leopard that killed a teenage girl in the Chandmari village under Shashpur block on Thursday. The forest officials faced the anger of Chandmari villagers who met them to intensify patrolling operations in their villages and to declare attacking leopard as man-eater and capture it as early as possible.
Earlier, the leopard was noticed in the village many times, and forest department was also informed about the sighting. According to forest department, it is difficult to trace pug marks of leopards as bushes act as hurdle. The leopard study the area for some days and watch the movement of easy targets, and then suddenly attack from the back without giving second chance to victim to resist. Moreover, the vulnerable villagers are asked to keep strict vigil during dawn and dusk times.
‘We generally use fire-crackers to frighten leopards moving near the village or man inhabitations. The recorded voice of tiger is also used to scare away roaming leopards. Big cats generally avoid man, but in case of injury, weak canine, or old age, they turns towards human being especially children and women, which are easy targets,’ a forest ranger told.