The leopard believed to be responsible for killing four people in the Rudraprayag and Tehri districts was shot dead by an authorised hunter in Tehri district on Monday morning. According to sources, it has been confirmed that the big cat killed on Monday was the same leopard which had been shot at earlier in Rudraparyag district.
A leopard had killed four persons in the jungles of Rudraprayag and Tehri districts during the past few months. The forest department had earlier authorised hunter Joy Hukil to shoot the big cat dead. On December 7 last year, the hunter managed to shoot the leopard at Papdasu village in Rudraprayag district.
The leopard was shot at night and later it was ascertained that the leopard had also been injured as the hunters and trackers had found a trail of blood and regurgitated human remains.
However, the body of the leopard could not be traced at that time. On Monday, the authorised hunter Joy Hukil shot the leopard in Dangchura area of Tehri district. According to sources, the leopard was shot at about 5:30 AM. Later during the post mortem of the leopard estimated to be about eight years old, the bullet it had received in December last year was also recovered. This is being cited as proof of this leopard being the same which was operating in Rudraprayag and was shot earlier.