A carcass of a three-month-old leopard cub was once found in Uttarakhand’s Nainital on Saturday morning, forest officials said.
The cub was once found deceased in Veer Bhatti area in Manora forest range under the Nainital forest division. The locals informed the forest branch approximately the location of the carcass.
Bhupal Singh Mehta, range officer of the Manora forest range said, “On Saturday morning, some locals from Veer Bhatti area who were out for a walk spotted the leopard cub’s carcass and informed us. Our team rushed to the spot and retrieved the carcass and sent it for autopsy examination.”
He added that the cub had injury marks on its body and it is likely that it fell down a hill or was once killed by another animal
“The actual cause of death will be known after the autopsy examination but prima facie it looks that the leopard either fell from a hill or was once killed in some clash with another wild animal,” added Mehta.
This isn’t the first incident of a leopard death in the state this year. On October 17, a one-year-old leopard cub was once found deceased in Pithoragarh. On October 22, 2020, a leopard was once found deceased in the forests of Ramnagar. Final week, three leopard foetuses were found in Almora district. Officials first of all thought that three leopard cubs had died but on reaching the spot they found that those were foetuses.
On July 12, a leopard was once found deceased in Dhauladevi block in Almora. On July 4, the carcass of a two-year-old female leopard was once retrieved by forest officials in Uttarkashi district. On May 28, a three-year-old female leopard died upon getting trapped in a fence at Lohaghat in Champawat district.
Meantime in Pithoragarh district, a woman from Dunga village was once attacked by a leopard on Friday night.
Vinay Bhargava divisional forest officer Pithoragarh said one Hema Devi, 35 was once attacked by a leopard on Friday night when she came out of her house to fetch drinking water. She shouted for help but was once severely injured. She was once rushed to the native hospital where she is undergoing remedy for her injuries,” he said.