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Forest officials, wildlife experts reach Gr Noida to catch leopard on loose

Monday, 24 March 2014 | Anup Verma | Greater Noida

A team of forest officials and wildlife experts reached Greater Noida to capture a leopard which had strayed into the region some days back. The team is camping near Hindon river in Bheel village in Akbarpur area.

Meanwhile, no attack was reported on Saturday. The entire Greater Noida region is under the grip of fear after two incidents of alleged leopard attacks on cattle were reported three days ago. Locals claimed that a leopard had strayed into the city and killed three cows.

After incidents of attack by leopards on cattle in Pali village of Surajpur on Thursday, the entire region witnessed sparse presence of people in markets and fields. On Friday, another incident was reported from Chuharpur village in Kasna area when a cow was found killed outside a house possibly by a leopard. Mahendrapal, a villager, said they are forced to live in fear since the incident was reported. “Normal life will resume only when the forest department ensnares the big cat,” he said.

KK Singh, Divisional Forest Officer of Gautam Buddh Nagar, said that they have formed several teams along with local police and are searching the forest areas in the region. He said while the beast could be a hyena or a leopard only an autopsy on cattle will conclusively prove the veracity of the conspiracy theorists.

“Since the leopard had strayed in several districts of western Uttar Pradesh earlier, the forest department is taking the matter seriously. The teams are searching every nook and cranny and corrective measures are being taken to foil any attack in future,” said a forest officer. The first such attack was reported Thursday morning when Vijender Valmiki had informed villagers that his cattle had been mauled to death.

 
 
 

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