Pani spread across villages after the locals saw the dead leopard and informed authorities. Forest department officials reached the spot after getting reports of the leopard hanging from high-tension wires.
Gurugram: A leopard was found dead in a tree alongside an electric pole in Mandawar village in Sohna near Gurugram. The big cat was found hanging on the electric pole, presumably electrocuted while he was hunting, on Thursday morning.
Panic spread across villages after the locals saw the dead leopard and informed concerned authorities. Forest department officials reached the spot after getting reports of the leopard hanging from high-tension wires.
“It is a clear case of electrocution. There is no foul play. It seems the feline came in contact with the wires while chasing prey, most probably a monkey. The face of the leopard is completely burnt,” a report in The Hindu quoted Divisional Forest Officer Shyam Sunder as saying.
The big cat’s face was said to have been badly burnt. The body of the leopard, said to be around that of a two-year-old animal, was removed from the pole by forest officials and sent for post-mortem.
In another such incident of a wild animal dying inside human habitat areas, a wild cat was beaten to death by villagers in Mandawar in 2016.
Leopards often wander into nearby villages dotting the Aravali mountain area, often in search of food and water. Many cases of leopard deaths through electrocution have been reported in the past few years.
According to a report in The Hindu, a big cat died in Hyderabad in Telangana in 2017 when it climbed an electric pole and got stuck in the wires. As forests shrink due to encroachments and increasing human habitation, many felines have been killed in accidents on roads.
According to a report in News18, around half-a-dozen deaths of leopards have been reported from the Aravali Hills. In 2014, four leopards were found dead under mysterious condition near the Manesar Golf Course. A leopard died in an accident near Sahrawan village near Manesar in 2014.