Siliguri: Yet another wild leopard has died in north Bengal in mysterious circumstances.
The carcass of the adult leopard was found on Tuesday afternoon (19 February) lying in a dried up water irrigation drain that runs amidst the tea bushes. There were no visible injury marks in its body.
Forest depart retrieved the carcass today and sent it for post-mortem. It is suspected that the leopard may have been poisoned by someone associated with the tea garden as wild leopards tend to attack workers.
This is the seventh wild leopard killed in north Bengal in the last two months.
- In December, two leopards were found dead at Garganda tea garden at Birpara. A post-mortem revealed that they were served meat laced with poison.
- In January, villagers lynched another leopard at Falakata again in Alipurduar district after it strayed into a potato field.
- In the same month, foresters arrested five men with the skin of a leopard that they had killed at Gorumara National Park a week ago.
- On 6 February, a leopard was run over by a speeding car at Rohini in Mirik sub-division in Darjeeling.
- On 14 February, foresters arrested a youth with the skin of a leopard killed at Pattabong tea garden at Tukvar off Darjeeling town.