Leopard dies of injuries caused by ‘chasing mob’
The Newspaper's Correspondent
Updated Apr 21, 2014 07:56am

BAHAWALPUR: A leopard that had crossed into Pakistan’s Cholistan area from India, succumbed to the injuries caused by a chasing mob on Saturday night after it was caught by a wildlife department team near Chak 73-DB, Yazman, about 30kms from here.

The wild beast, that had been first sighted a week ago, had attacked a man, Nathu, at a pond near Narwala in the vicinity of Din Garh in Cholistan’s forest pocket, injuring his wrist. Punjab wildlife department’s teams had been dispatched to the area to look for the beast. The department officials had initially declared it was a wild cat and not a leopard.

According to locals, the leopard attacked some residents of 73/DB village and injured two of them -- Allah Rakha and Behwan Shah. Afterwards, the villagers chased the beast that entered a wheat field. The locals surrounded the field and informed the wildlife team about it.

According to Wildlife District Officer Mujahid Kaleem, during the chase the villagers hit the beast with clubs and lathis, injuring it severely, before his team arrived at the spot.

He said the wildlife game watchers overpowered the beast after tranquilising it with a gun. During the exercise, a department driver, Naeem Abbasi, was injured by the leopard, he added.

The department claimed that the beast later succumbed to the injuries caused by the chasing villagers while being transported to Bahawalpur Zoo.

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# saqibrauf on 06/17/14 at 07:45

add som rules and regulation of common people conserve and protect wildlife

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