Srinagar – Government forces and wildlife personnel have put down a man-eater which had struck terror in the Vilgam area of Handwara after killing a six-year-old child last week.
The leopard was shot dead at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night on the fringes of the surrounding forests, sparking relief and celebration in the village community.
Wildlife marksmen, police and army personnel had been tracking the man-eater for the past week after angry protests erupted against authorities at the tragic killing of the child.
The rural habitations had been on edge since, frightened to step out of their dwellings for fear of the prowling beast.
Confirming the kill, wildlife range officer for the north circle, Abdul Majeed, said that his department lacked manpower to stave off human-animal conflict.
In our district Kupwara, the wildlife department has just six employees, and they too lack adequate equipment, he said. Observer News Service
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