Man-eating leopard preying on drunk villagers

Sinead Moore
Man-eating leopard preying on drunk villagers walking home from booze sessions
Man-eating leopard preying on drunk villagers walking home from booze sessions




A dangerous man-eating leopard in India is attacking drunken villagers as they stumble home in the dark.

The fierce creature has reportedly killed 12 in the Didihat region of the Kumoan hills in Himalayan India since 2012.

The latest victim was a 44-year-old man, reports the New York Daily News.

According to the Mirror, repeated attempts have been made to shoot the elusive leopard after the Uttarakhand Forest Department declared it as a man-eater.

Villagers are living in a state of fear that the leopard will attack again.

Local Madan Panerua told the Telegraph: "Villagers are terrorized by the wild animals and it's almost impossible to venture out after dark. Moving from one village to another or to markets through forested area becomes difficult.

"People carry sticks with them and remain alert all the time. Many in the village believe that drunk people are easy prey for the wild," he said.

Many of those who have been attacked by the leopard were savaged after leaving an outdoor toilet.

Belinda Wright who works for the Wildlife Protection Society of India, said the animal is not necessarily targeting drunks.

"Quite frankly when people are drunk and weave their way back home to the village they are easy prey," she said.

It is believed the animal is between 10 and 12 years old. Leopards and tigers usually become man-eaters when they are injured or old and no longer able to catch dogs, their favoured prey.

Pithoragarh's forest officer YK Singh says, "This month we had sent a team of shooters in the affected village, but they were unsuccessful in their mission. This is the third attempt made so far."



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