Over a dozen sheep killed in leopard attacks in Pulwama, Budgam

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Qayoom Khan

Srinagar, April 19 (GNS): More than a dozen sheep were killed in two separate leopard attacks in Pulwama and Budgam districts of Kashmir Valley last night.

Reports reaching GNS said that the leopard barged into a shed belonging to one Abdul Kabir Sofi of Astanpora, Rahmoo killing at least six sheep while injuring several others.

Locals on the occasion alleged that the wildlife authorities have failed miserably to check the rampant movement of the wild beast.

“The leopard has made frequent appearances in the areas past few weeks, while it also made several abortive bids on cattle sheds in different places, the locals said while adding that despite informing the concerned authorities on several occasions nothing significant has been achieved by them upto now.”

“Even after the attack on a local shepherd, the authorities are yet to respond,” they said.

In another similar incident, about a dozen sheep were killed at Lanura village of Khansahab in Budgam district last night.

Pertinent to mention that a shepherd of Tujan area of the district in an attempt to save his sheep sustained severe wounds after the leopard attacked the herd last week. The shepherd identified as Aziz Ahmad Chopan has been undergoing a treatment at B&J’s Hospital in Srinagar, the reports added.

Meanwhile, a police team visited the affected family to assess the situation while a wildlife team was deputed to lookout for the leopard, the reports added. (GNS)