Leopard captured in Kashmir, snow forced wild animals to migrate

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Srinagar Feb 14 (UNI) A leopard was captured in south Kashmir where wild animals had come down from the woods following heaviest snowfall in 20 years, last week.

Official sources said a leopard appeared at village Marhama in Anantnag district early this morning when people were still in their homes due to below freezing temperature.

However, before the leopard could attack villagers they captured him alive and later handed over to Wildlife department officials at Bijbehara.

People living in upper reaches in the Kashmir valley are now facing a threat from wild animals who had come down from woods in search of food.

The Wildlife Department has directed people living in villages adjacent to forests to remain cautious against the movement of wild animals who have now turned towards plains in the wake of heavy snowfall on the upper reaches.

Reports of attacks on villagers by wild animals during the past fortnight have been received from different areas of north and south Kashmir.

People caught an injured porcupine before he could attack any villager at Poswani, Pattan.

However, a leopard was beaten to death by villagers in the central Kashmir district of Badgam after he attacked and injured seven people on February 7 while a three-month old leopard was caught at Nowshera in north Kashmir. Another leopard was killed by villagers in Kralgund Handwara.

A bear was caught by wildlife officials at Kralgund Handwara on February 7.

More than 30 people were killed and scores other injured after they were attacked by leopards, foxes and in the valley during the past one year.

In retaliation, villagers also killed four wild animals in the valley during the period. A number of animal loving organisations protested against these killings. However, villagers rejected the protests and said the wild animals killed and injured people, including women and small children.

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