Leopard spotted in Bemina, tranquilized

Leopard spotted in Bemina, tranquilized

Srinagar : Panic gripped the Bemina locality of Srinagar outskirts when a leopard was spotted in an under-construction building. At least seven persons were wounded while dealing with the wild cat, two of them belonging to the wildlife protection department.
Sources said a leopard had taken refuge in the maternity hospital on Saturday evening. After it started attacking people, the wildlife department was informed. It sent its people of which two were attacked by the animal. On Sunday afternoon, the wildlife employees fired tranquilizing darts on the animal. After tranquilizing the wild cat, it was transported and relocated to a forest.
It was not know as to how the animal reached the Bemina area which has no close proximity with the forested area or a leopard habitat. The leopards have often been cited in the Nishat and Dara areas in the outskirts of Srinagar. Last year a wild cat was spotted at Gupkar Road while another wild animal was caught in Lal Bazar area. The incidents of man-animal conflict have increased manifold in Kashmir valley due to shrinking of forest areas.

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