PILIBHIT: An adult male leopard that claimed the lives of four guards of a government agriculture farm in Gola tehsil of Lakhimpur Kheri district between August 23 and October 20 this year will be shifted to Kanpur zoo on Thursday morning for “life-long stay in confinement”.
The big cat, aged around 8 years, was trapped in a cage at the farm on Monday after eluding the forest staff of the south Kheri forest division for over two months.
DFO Sanjay Biswal said, “The leopard is quite sturdy with no physical deformities or injuries. Usually, big cats with injuries tend to prey on humans as they are too weak to hunt. The decision to lodge the animal in a zoo, instead of releasing it in another forest area, was taken as it had developed a tendency to prey on humans despite it being in good health.”
Leopard be shifted to Kanpur zoo for ‘life-long stay in confinement’
The written permission for the shifting was granted by the chief wildlife warden of UP,” the divisional forest officer said.
The DFO added that the leopard had made its home in Jamunabad farm which is located about seven km from the Gola forest range of south Kheri forest division. \
“We had set up six cages and installed as many as 25 cameras to monitor it’s frequent movements. Based on the size of pug marks recovered in all the incidents and the images captured, we were able to establish that it was the same leopard that killed all the four guards,” he said.
Of the four guards, the first one was killed on August 23 while the subsequent three killings took place on October 4, 18 and 20 respectively.





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