05 Aug '11, 5pm

As Humans Draw Nearer, Leopards Attack in India

As Humans Draw Nearer, Leopards Attack in India

Several rural villages in India have suffered leopard attacks in recent months, most recently on Saturday in the northeastern state of Assam. In July alone, nearly 16 people were mauled in four different attacks across the country. The most serious was in the eastern state of West Bengal, where a leopard wandered into a village and injured 11 people. Associated Press A leopard attacks a forest guard in the village of Prakash Nagar in northeastern India. Many of this year’s attacks were in places on the edges of forest reserves, reflecting the growing encroachment of humans on the leopard’s ecosystem, said Belinda Wright, the executive director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, a nonprofit group. As their habitat shrinks, the cats, which can weigh up to 250 pounds, wander into adjoining human settlements. Samir Sinha, head of Traffic India, a division of the Worl...

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