Leopard mauls six in Siliguri

Yahoo! India News
20 July 2011


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A leopard was shot dead after it attacked and injured six people in a slum in West Bengal's Darjeeling district Tuesday. In Photo: A leopard (Panthera pardus) pounces on a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri. Click next to see more dramatic photos



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The leopard attacked a woman in Lumbu slum near Siliguri town Tuesday afternoon and then pounced upon two men, including a forest department employee, said V.K. Sood, conservator of forest (wildlife), north Bengal.

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Hearing the news, forest and wildlife officers reached the spot, but the animal took refuge in a bush, as thousands of locals gathered in the area - some to see the fun, and others terrified.

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In the evening, the leopard emerged again and attacked three people, including a policeman. 'The police and forest officials then fired in self-defence. The injured leopard was taken to the Sukna forest office, where it died,' said sood.

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The leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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The leopard (Panthera pardus) attempts to escape after attacking Indian forest guards at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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An unidentified forest guard aims his rifle as he is attacked by a wild leopard (Panthera pardus) at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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The leopard is tranquilised after attacking forest guards at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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An unidentified forest official is taken to the hospital after being attacked by a leopard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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An unidentified forest official is taken to the hospital after being attacked by a leopard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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Local people watch as a leopard is tranquilised after attacking forest guards at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.