DEHRADUN, Jan 13: Leopards continue to be a casualty in Uttarakhand. After series of recovery of leopard hides from Uttarakhand in recent days, a dead leopard was found at Doiwala in Dehradun district today.
Riyaz Ahmed came across the dead leopard as he reached his field in Jabrawala at Doiwala during morning hours today. Forest officials who immediately reached the site of incident found no foul play.
The post mortem report later confirmed that the leopard had died of excessive cold and was around six years of age. The forest officials buried the dead leopard.
Man Leopard conflict has been a big challenge in Uttarakhand the situation turns worse during winter months, when leopards come near human habitations in search of food. At times, humans particularly elderly and small children become causality at the hands of leopards. This leads to further worsening of man-leopard scenario in the state which at times also force locals to support crime against leopards.
Only recently a large number of leopard hides were recovered from hill areas of the state amply proving that leopard poaching activity is also on the rise in the state. Interestingly, most of the poaching expose have been done by police authorities whereas forest department has more or less become a mute spectator to these wildlife killings.
The 2015 Wildlife Institute of India census has put leopard population in Uttarakhand close to around two thousand.