5 dead as leopard stalks Nepal village

2012-02-09 12:03

Kathmandu - A leopard dragged away and devoured a 14-year-old girl in western Nepal in what is thought to be the fifth deadly attack by the same animal in just two months, police said on Thursday.

The youngster was cutting grass in the forest near her home in Baitadi district, on the border with India, when she was attacked by the animal, said Bishnu Bahadur Karki, a local deputy superintendent of police.

"The locals found the body torn into pieces and eaten below the neck at the forest area yesterday," he said.

Karki said three young girls and a 35-year-old pregnant woman had been killed in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's attack and police believed the same animal was responsible for all the deaths.

"The leopard has continuously been victimising and terrorising the people of Pancheshwor village. We requested the district forest office to allow us to kill it but they refused, saying that the law does not provide such permission," Karki said.

"Our request to have the leopard handed over to a zoo has also been rejected. The villagers and police are trying hard to take that leopard into custody."

Villagers claim three more people have been killed by the leopard in nearby settlements on the Indian side of the border.

Conflict with humans

"We are scared to walk alone," Shiva Singh Saud, the headmistress of a local primary school was quoted as saying in the Kathmandu-based Republica newspaper.

"More people may be attacked if the leopard is not taken under control immediately."

Most of Nepal's leopards are found on the sub-equatorial plains of the southern Terai and in forested hill regions, where conflict with humans is a perennial problem.

Seven people were killed by leopards in the same district last year, Republica said.

And in October a leopard dragged away and killed a 4-year-old boy in Bela village, in the mountains of central Nepal, just 40km east of Kathmandu.

The boy was the third villager in three months to be killed by a leopard.

  • Monique - 2012-02-09 12:26

    Please don't kill the leopards! It is not their fault that the humans are invading their territory. I feel sorry for the people but killing them or taking them to zoo's is not an option, it is cruel.

      Deon - 2012-02-09 12:41

      Being eaten alive is also cruel, remove the animal. People are more important than any animal.

      Heiku - 2012-02-09 12:57

      You need to go see a kopdokter Monique as I feel you might be a danger to yourself or to society. I hope you dont have kids. "Oh no let the shark eat my boy as he was invading the sharks territory"

      Frank - 2012-02-09 12:57

      Monique, I agree with you entirely. However, one has to consider the families. The best option is to deter predators from the village. Leaving a young boy without supervision isn't exactly deterring leopards or even smaller predators from attacking. Deon, without sounding callous, people really aren't that much more important than any animal. You have to realise that there a handful of leopards left in their indigenous environments, while more than six billion humans inhabit the earth. If a rhino savaged a rural settlement would you order that rhino put down? Imagine it being the last of its species? People need to respect their environment, and that at least some attempt to preserve the remainder of our animal species.

      Bob - 2012-02-09 13:10

      WTF!? What if it was a loved one of yours that was dragged away and eaten? Would you still be as forgiving?

      Irma - 2012-02-09 13:27

      Deon, you are so wrong. Animals are more important. They don't litter, polute the air, destroy nature for money, etc etc. Animals should rule the world!

      Peter - 2012-02-09 13:40

      Monique, I completely agree with you. WTF is the matter with the rest of you? Since when are we humans 'more important' than animals? Get a grip...we are animals too. Its NATURE for hunting to happen. When you are a hungry wild animal, making sure that your pray doesn't suffer, I dont think crosses their minds. If you get taken out by a wild animal...tough luck! You are in its habitat, deforestation has probably pushed them to a level that their natural habitat is gone. Its a way of life, deal with the consequences of being mortal! LONG LIVE THE CREATURES of our planet!!!

      Frank - 2012-02-09 13:59

      Bob, that's really not the point. But I should hope that my loved ones wouldn't be foolish enough not to take precautions against a wild animal. If I live near the Okavango Delta, and one day my brother gets mauled by hippo, despite being distraught at his loss, and with the knowledge that by nature hippos are incredibly dangerous, one has to accept that they are wild animals, and we can't exterminate them all on the basis that they're dangerous in their natural habitat.

      Bob - 2012-02-09 15:30

      Peter, that part of your brain that allows you to empathise with those around you, particularly the ones that are suffering, I don't think yours is working. Either that or your lack of perspective is so outrageously great, its blinding you. "If you get taken out by a wild animal...tough luck!", seriously? What the hell is wrong with you? Your apathy towards the lives of human beings in disturbing.

      Peter - 2012-02-09 16:33

      hahaha...Bob...i dont empathize for human beings AT ALL. We are the bacteria of this world, like rust is to metal. Mankind has effed this world up beyond repair, and its getting worse. So, feel free to empathize all you want lol, but count me out

  • Bob - 2012-02-09 12:52

    Deon, when I consider the damage that us humans have done to this planet I seriously question if we are more important than any animal, Monique, the poor villagers have a serious problem, this cat obviously has an appetite for us homo sapiens, I agree with your comments, the only logical solution is to capture this pussy ( not a simple task ) and transfer it to a remote area away from humans, I guess the leopard is really old thats why it has resorted to easy prey.

      Bob - 2012-02-09 13:11

      God damnit Bob!

  • Ncele - 2012-02-09 13:25

    picture 3!!!!!! that some scary sight, thanks god the lawyer survived. i mean he is one tough cookie, pulling such a fight with a deadly cat is no childs play. on the conterary the guy taking them pictures is a woes there are bikes and stuff he could have used to save the poor oke but resorted to taking picture.speedy recovery to the lawyer asseblief tog.

  • Irma - 2012-02-09 13:29

    The wild is this animals home- can these people not put up fences or move away? What is a young girl doing cutting grass anyway? Why was she alone when these people KNOW there is an leopard on the loose. I hope someone calls the WWF to humanely capture this animal and take it to a safer place.

  • Francois Shannon Ackermann - 2012-02-09 13:36

    I'm also against killing big cats, but if it starts killing humans then it won't stop so"shoot it"!!!!

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