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article imageForest officials shoot wild leopard that mauled 13 in India

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 4, 2012 in Environment
A fully grown male leopard entered the premises of the Oil India Limited field headquarters campus at Duliajan in the Dibrugarh district of India and attacked several members of staff. The animal attacked and injured 13 people during a day-long rampage.
Daily Mail reports forest guards called to the Oil India campus shot the animal with a tranquilizer. But they were forced to kill the animal when the drug did not take effect.
Telegraph India reports that after the animal had been tranquilized and the officials were waiting for the drug to take effect, it attacked the large crowd of people who gathered to look at it. Forest officials were forced to shoot the animal dead after it attacked several people, including an army Captain and two forest guards. The rest of the injured people were all civilians, Telegraph India reports. One of the injured civilians was a domestic help the leopard attacked in the house of an executive where it took shelter.
According to P. Shiv Kumar, divisional forest officer of Digboi forest division, "We were informed about a leopard straying into a bungalow of an Oil executive on Sunday morning. I accompanied a team of veterinary doctors from the Center for Rehabilitation and Conservation of the Wildlife Trust of India to the spot. By the time we got there, the leopard had attacked five people. We tried to tranquillize the leopard, but it got agitated - which is normal before sedatives takes effect - and pounced on the large crowd gathered at the spot."
The forest official concluded: "The security personnel were left with no option but to shoot it."
Telegraph India reports that an oil official said the leopard was first spotted on the campus in the morning at the executive quarters. It attacked a security guard and then a second security guard who tried to rescue his colleague.
As the news of the attack spread, hundreds of people gathered in the area to watch the forest officials capture the animal. The people hampered the efforts of the forest officials. According to Telegraph India, an official said: “Despite our requests the people did not leave thus making the job more difficult."
According to Daily Mail, a forest official said that leopards are often spotted on the Oil campus, because it is near to the Joypore reserve forest. According to Daily Mail, forest officials caged another leopard, a female, at the Sivasagar district on the same day.
Sivasagar divisional officer Ranjan Das, said: "At least four leopards have been sighted in the area in the past few days. The leopard family had killed several cattle in the area, as such we have placed a cage using a goat as a bait."
According Das, the female leopard caught at the Sivasagar district was released at Abhayapur reserve forest and officers are trying to track down other leopards
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