Forest Dept accuses Bandipur villagers of poisoning leopard, panther cubs to death

Forest Dept accuses Bandipur villagers of poisoning leopard, panther cubs to death

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-07-13 19:30 Bengaluru: The forest department has lodged a complaint with police against the villagers of Anchepura in connection with death of leopards on Tuesday.The villagers are said to have prevented the investigation into the death of two leopard cubs."We have lodged a complaint against the villagers for obstructing government employees from discharging their duties. Our staffers weregheraoed and prevented from conducting the inquiry," T Heeralal, conservator of forest, Bandipur tiger reserve said.However, the department will continue its effort to conduct the inquiry against those guilty of killing the animals.He said as soon as his staff received information about the death of leopard cubs, they reached the spot and collected clues.“Our sniffer dog had zeroed in on the suspects. But villagers gathered in large numbers and prevented us from taking any action,” he said.The two leopard cubs were found dead, poisoned. The forest staff blame the villagers of Anchepura or Devarayanashetty of baiting the animals with poisoned dog meat.According to the forest sources, the leopard cubs had lifted on aprevious occasion lifted a stray dog from the village. Forest department sources said the leopard suffered great pain before they died of the poison. “It appears that the Black Panther died immediately after it consumed the poisoned meat, but the spotted leopard was found rolling on ground and growling due to pain until Tuesday morning, before it died. On seeing its struggle one of the staff informed the senior officers,” sources said.