Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Carcass of leopard found in Gir area


Carcass of leopard found in Gir area

Indian Express By Sibte Husain Bukhari


Junagadh, January 19 The carcass of a female leopard was found lying on a castor oilseed farm on the outskirts of Sultanpur village under the Simar region of Jashadhar Range in the Gir (East) forest division.

The incident came to light on Friday, when farm owner Bhana Jadav found the carcass lying in his farm. He informed the forest officials.

According to Deputy Conservator of Forest (Gir East) J S Solanki, all the claws and organs of the animal were found intact. Solanki has ruled out any “foul play” into the incident.

A panel of two veterinary doctors perform a post mortem on the leopard. “According to the post-mortem report, illness was stated as the reason behind the death of the animal,” Solanki said.

Meanwhile, a group of lions, including two lionesses and a pair of cubs, were found roaming on the outskirts of Prempara village in revenue area. The group stormed into an agricultural farm of one Babubhai Rudani and killed one there.

Forest officials rushed to the spot for assessment and said the farmer will be paid compensation as per rule.

Incidentally, the incident took place on the outskirts of Prempara village, where five lions were electrocuted on October 19 last year. Prempara village is 3 km away from Dhari-Gir East forest headquarters.

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