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10 month old female leopard killed in accident


10 month old female leopard killed in accident

DNA, New Delhi, 31st January, 2019

A 10 month old female sub-adult leopard was killed in a road accident on the Gurugram-Faridabad on Saturday night and the incident came to light on Tuesday after the wildlife department registered the case, local wildlife activists said. The leopard was killed just before Pali chowk on a busy road that is surrounded by the Manager forest.

According to forest officials, another motorist commuting on the noticed the leopard body and informed the forest department. A post mortem confirmed that the wild cat had been run over by a heavy vehicle as some of its organs were crushed. This is not the first time such an incident has happened on the same road.

Two leopards were killed in 2015 and 2014 by speeding vehicles around the same spot while trying to cross the busy road connecting Gurugram and Faridabad. Activists have been demanding that a eco-logicial passageway should be built on this road for leopards and other smaller wildlife to cross. Local environment activist Sunil Harsana, who is also a resident of a village inside Mangar forest, said that the pugmarks of a leopard were spotted on the morning of January 26 and it is possible that those might be of the same leopard that was killed on the same night. Activists also added that pleas to declare the forest on either side of the Gurugram-Faridabad roads as a protected zone have fallen on deaf ears, exposing the leopards to threats posed by real estate and road projects.