Published On: Mon, Oct 28th, 2013

Two leopards mysteriously found dead in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Two leopards have been found dead in a mysterious circumstances in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

Serious doubts are being raised over the veracity of the post-mortem report

Serious doubts are being raised over the veracity of the post-mortem report

As per the officials of the state forest department, the carcass of a leopardess was recovered on Saturday from a field in Gadkhet village of Bagheshwar district.

The report of the post-mortem examination concluded that the one-and-a-half-year-old feline had died of pneumonia.

Serious doubts are being raised over the veracity of the post-mortem report because leopards are found upto the an elevation of 11, 000 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas where the temperature reaches up to minus 15 degree centigrade. Keeping this crucial aspect in mind, it appears highly unlikely that the leopardess would have died of pneumonia when the existing temperature in that area is between 18 to 20 degree centigrade.

Noted wildlife expert, Dr Rakesh Tomar said, “it appears to be a clear case of poisoning by the local villagers which the forest department is trying to conceal.”

In a separate incident, another carcass of a leopard was found in Tiwarikhola village of Betalghat area in Nainital district.

The carcass bore a wound on the back, raising doubt that the big cat could have perished in a fight with another wild animal, said the officials.

A post-mortem of this animal is being conducted and the report is awaited to ascertain exact cause of the death.

In this case too, Dr Tomar expressed serious doubts about the possible theory of death put forward by the forest department officials. He said that in an inter-specific or intra-specific fights, the dead animal would always bear deep fang wound on the neck or the throat region. Besides that the head of the animal is also invariably wounded, the expert pointed out.

With regards to wound at the back of the dead leopard, Dr Tomar said, “this could have been possibly caused by a gun shot that resulted in the leopard dying a slow and painful death.”

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