Leopard mauls six in Siliguri

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    Leopard mauls six in Siliguri

    Yahoo! India News – Wed, Jul 20, 2011

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    A leopard was shot dead after it attacked and injured six people in a slum in West Bengal's Darjeeling district Tuesday. In Photo: A leopard (Panthera pardus) pounces on a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri.

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    The leopard attacked a woman in Lumbu slum near Siliguri town Tuesday afternoon and then pounced upon two men, including a forest department employee, said V.K. Sood, conservator of forest (wildlife), north Bengal.

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    Hearing the news, forest and wildlife officers reached the spot, but the animal took refuge in a bush, as thousands of locals gathered in the area - some to see the fun, and others terrified.

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    In the evening, the leopard emerged again and attacked three people, including a policeman. 'The police and forest officials then fired in self-defence. The injured leopard was taken to the Sukna forest office, where it died,' said sood.

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    The leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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    I could not stop laughing looking at these pictures. How crazy are these idiots.
     
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    Leopard mauls six in Siliguri ... contd.

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    The leopard (Panthera pardus) attempts to escape after attacking Indian forest guards at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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    An unidentified forest guard aims his rifle as he is attacked by a wild leopard (Panthera pardus) at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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    The leopard is tranquilised after attacking forest guards at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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    Leopard mauls six in Siliguri ... contd.

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    An unidentified forest official is taken to the hospital after being attacked by a leopard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011. [Really? This comment does not make sense!]

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    An unidentified forest official is taken to the hospital after being attacked by a leopard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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    Local people watch as a leopard is tranquilised after attacking forest guards at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara on the outskirts of Siliguri on July 19, 2011.

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    All photos are courtesy AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA.

    Must say, this photographer has done a great job. Either he has excellent hands taking those sharp pictures with his zoom lens or he is extremely brave being pretty close to the points of encounter. Kudos!
     
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    Ok, so this guy (note, he is no ordinary guy, he is a forest guard) is out there to challenge a leopard wearing chappals? Give me a break!
     
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    What was the gun for?

    Stand at a distance, aim and then shoot the tranquillizer.

    The closer you get to big cats, the more ferocious they become. Infact, try doing that to your neighbour's cat, even it would pounce on you.
     
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    Any Videos of this? Looks Hilarious, what are the copes trying to do with the their bare hands against a leopard! lol.

    sad the fools did not even have a tranquilizer gun!!
     
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    It's lens work mate.

    He lost one too. :pound:

    It was sedated before capturing it.
     
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    The leopard is smart. He goes for the dude without the helmet! Gaaaaaaa!
     
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    No the report mentions they killed it!! :(
     
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    Nobody has any pole with a noose on it?

    Why was that guy turning his back to the leopard? ("Hey! Come jump on me!")

    Not too smart.
     
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    Ah! The leopard was taking a sh!t when the forest guards disturbed it. Hence, the outcome.

    This is sad. The lack of preparation of the forest guards in capturing it led to the attacks. The poor animal should not have been killed. This is just too bad.
     
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    Nah, they are not cops, they are forest guards. The 9mm handgun bullets carried by the cops will simply bounce of the leopards skull and the SMLEs probably won't even function. These guns are probably muskets (not rifles) and used for shooting the tranquilisers but can be used as shotguns as well (my guess)!
     
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    The leopard was not shot dead. The forest guards did fire tranquilizer. The leopard died of exhaustion and doses of tranquilizer. Whenever any animals enter locality so many people gather that it become impossible for forest officials to tackle the situation. Be it tiger or leopard or elephant.....
     

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