A 40-year-old man has died after being attacked by a Leopard in Rajastan, India. Devi Lal Meena went missing while sleeping on a balcony in Bara-Bhangla Ghat village in Udaipur District on Tuesday 23 July 2019. Local villagers followed a trail of blood into a nearby forest, where his body was found. A post mortem examination confirmed he had died as the result of a Leopard attack. Following the incident local villagers held a protest, calling on the Indian Forest Service to capture the Leopard, which they fear is likely to make further attacks on Humans once it has started.
Villagers protesting in Udaipur District, Rajastan, on Wednesday 24 July 2019, following the death of a man in a Leopard attack. Times of India.
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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