Locals kill leopard in Bahraich, two held
May 23, 2012: A leopard was on Tuesday hacked to death allegedly by villagers in Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary in Bahraich district, forest officials said. The two-and-a-half year old leopardess was attacked with sticks and spade by residents of Gangapur village after it sneaked into the human territory, DFO RK Singh said. The animal was later hacked to death, he said. "Two people have been arrested and five others booked in this connection," the DFO said.
Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary is a part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, and is located in Uttar Pradesh near the India-Nepal border, in the Terai area of Bahraich district. It covers an area of 400 km and was established in 1976. tnn
The sanctuary is now being managed along with the Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger of the Government of India. The Katarniaghat Forests provide strategic connectivity between tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in India and the Bardia National Park in Nepal. Its fragile Terai ecosystem comprises a mesmerizing mosaic of Sal and Teak forests, lush grasslands, steaming swamps and wetlands. it is unique for the number of endangered and critically endangered species, which occur here and include the gharial, tiger, rhino, Gangetic dolphin, Swamp Deer, Hispid hare, the White-backed and Long-billed vultures.
One of the best places in the world for seeing the Gharial in its natural habitat is the Girwa River, where it is found sympatric with the mugger. This population was one of three that were still breeding, when the project to conserve this reptile from the verge of extinction was initiated in 1975. Read full report here.