Rajouri: The teams of Wildlife Protection Force with assistance from villagers have launched a massive operation to track a leopard in and around Nihar Kass village of Rajouri where the wild animal attacked a cattle shed killing twenty animals.
The incident took place on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday after which panic prevailed in the area.
Locals from Nihar Kas village of Rajouri told Greater Kashmir that in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a leopard attacked a cattle shed of a nomad family and mauled to death twenty animals that include goats and sheep.
They said that a wave of panic and fear spread in the area on Saturday morning soon after locals came to know about the incident and everyone preferred to stay indoors fearing the presence of wild animals in the area.
They claimed that such incidents have happened in the past in this region including Bindi Jamola, Kalalkass and the Government should provide adequate financial aid to the victim families.
Mushtaq Chowdhary, Wildlife Warden, told Greater Kashmir that a major operation has been launched in the area and teams of the department are camping there to track the animal.
He said that the leopard might have come from somewhere else and reached the area where it attacked domesticated animals.
"We have also distributed crackers among the local people so that the same can be used in dark hours to keep the leopard out of human habitation and to avert any human-animal conflict incident," said Mushtaq Chowdhary.