Monday 3 June 2019

Infant consumed by Leopard in Maharashtra State, India.

A nine-month-old infant has died after being snatched from his home in Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, on Sunday 2 June 2019. Swaraj Gurnule went missing while sleeping in a house with his parents, who informed Forestry Department officials as soon as the realised he was missing. The partially consumed remains of the child were found about 2 km from his home. Forest officials are now setting camera traps up in the area, with a view to capturing and relocating the animal.

A Leopard on the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra State, India. Hrishikesh Burkule/Trover.

Leopards are considered to be Vulnerable under the terms of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, with the Indian subspecies, Panthera pardus fusca, considered to be particularly vulnerable due to India's rapidly rising Human population, which has resulted in agriculture and other Human activities expanding into many former wilderness areas. For this reason the Indian Forest Service usually try to relocate Leopards that come into conflict with Humans to more remote areas, preferably within national parks, though the extent to which local people co-operate is variable.

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