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Wild leopard savages man in India

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Wild leopard savages man in India

A man has been seriously injured during attempts to corner a wild leopard in India.

Locals and wildlife authorities tried to trap the animal after it strayed into a residential area of a town in West Bengal.

The injured man is being treated in hospital.


Video footage shows a group of men struggling to trap the animal with a net in the town of Raiganj.

It breaks free and runs off.

Dangerous strays

Wild animals like leopards, panthers and elephants often cause damage in villages bordering forest areas as they often stray into inhabited areas in search of food.

Lives have reportedly been lost.

Commentators say the increasing population has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements.

What they are saying

“Many efforts were made to capture a leopard which entered the residential area, but it gave us the slip. One man got injured. As of now, we don’t know if we can recapture it as we don’t know its whereabouts,” – Sumit Nandi, a volunteer with animal rights organisation, “People for Animals”.