Leopard skeleton found in Bhaderwah, Wildlife Deptt orders inquiry

Leopard skeleton found in Bhaderwah, Wildlife Deptt orders inquiry

A skeleton of a three-year-old leopard was found at one ofthe ranges in Bhadarwah Forest Division of Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district onThursday evening. Authorities of wild life and Forest Department said that thewild animal either died of some ailment or was attacked by the villagers.

According to reports, after some pictures of the leopardwhich apparently seems to be killed went viral, sleuths of Territorial Forestand Wildlife department swung into action and started an inquiry into thematter.

"After the pictures of a dead leopard at Shoppanvillage, about 5km from Bhadarwah town, started doing rounds on social media, Iimmediately informed DFO BhadarwahChanderShekhar, who along with Range OfficerNeeru Range, Shafqat Malik and officials of Wildlife Department reached at thespot and started investigation," said Majid Bashir, Wildlife Warden Kishtwar.

"A portion of a skeleton was found near Shoppon villagewhich apparently seems to be of leopard. We will send it to forensic laboratoryfor examination and after confirmation, we will start legal action,"officer added, saying that police has also been requested to immediatelystarted  an investigation.

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