‘Human-eater’ feline killed: J&K

Administration on Tuesday killed the ‘Human-eater’ leopard, which has been claimed to be responsible for killing of 2 minor girls in separate places in Budgam district of J&K.

An official told a Srinagar based news agency that after receiving directions from Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Akshay Labroo, in the backdrop of the recent incident, the authorities laid traps and made all possible efforts to neutralize the animal.

“After several days of wait, the Jammu and Kashmir Police killed the leopard at Social-forestry Nursery in Samsan village in Khansahib Budgam,” said the official.

This Human-eater, which has been shot dead is believed to have struck multiple times last month, taking lives of two minor girls and wounding a minor boy in Samsan and Hariwani villages.

Leopard attacks are attacks inflicted upon humans, other leopards and other animals by the leopard. The frequency of leopard attacks on humans varies by geographical region and historical period. Despite the leopard’s (Panthera pardus) extensive range from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, attacks are regularly reported only in India and Nepal. Among the five “big cats”, leopards are less likely to become man-eaters—only jaguars and snow leopards have a less fearsome reputation. However, leopards are established predators of non-human primates, sometimes preying on species as large as the western lowland gorilla.[6] Other primates may make up 80% of the leopard’s diet. While leopards generally avoid humans, they tolerate proximity to humans better than lions and tigers, and often come into conflict with humans when raiding livestock.