Stray Leopard Shot Dead After Three-Day Hunt In Lucknow

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, 1,523 leopards were killed between 2007 and 2017.

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After three days of massive search, a fully grown leopard was shot dead by police officials, after it attacked three people in Lucknow’s Asansabad village and ransacked several crop fields. Initially a crowd of locals tried to take down the wild animal using sticks and iron rods, but after it injured several people, forest officials were called.

For three days now, the police and forest officials have been laying the traps to capture the animal. But somehow the leopard managed to flee. He entered the village last night and injured three people.
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This leopard stirred fear and mayhem in the area, forcing people to remain inside their houses. A rescue operation was launched to capture the big cat.

A team of forest officials along with the police dept rushed to the spot to save the leopard. However, the leopard attacked the police official injuring him on his head and right arm.

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, 1,523 leopards were killed between 2007 and 2017.

After several efforts to catch the leopard, reinforcements were called off to widen the search operation.

Meanwhile, a villager informed the officials of the leopard having sneaked into his house. While a police official tried to safeguard the wild animal, the leopard attacked him. In self-defence a live bullet was shot which neutralised the animal and left it critically injured. After this, the leopard was taken to the nearby zoological garden for treatment.

Hours later, hospital authorities confirmed that the leopard died of his injuries. However, villagers lauded the injured officer for his efforts to tackle the animal.


(With inputs from UNI)

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