Title: Tragic Death of Leopard Caught in Cable Net in Goa
In a devastating incident, a fully-grown male leopard lost its life while attempting to free itself from a cable net trap. The wild cat had ventured into the open spaces of Sime Pani Hill in Mardol in search of food. Deprived of nourishment for several days, the animal tragically succumbed to its injuries. Forest officials were promptly informed and rushed to the spot where they found the leopard already deceased. A post-mortem examination was conducted to determine the exact age of the animal. This incident highlights the urgent need to address the issue of cable net traps in the area.
Tragic Death of the Leopard:
On Tuesday morning, a concerned passer-by spotted the leopard trapped in the cable net and immediately alerted the authorities at 8.30 am. The Ponda Range Forest Office was notified, and a team of forest officers, led by Range Forest Officer Deepak Tandel, quickly arrived at the location. Sadly, their efforts to save the leopard were in vain, as the animal had already died.
To gather more information about the leopard’s condition and determine the cause of death, a post-mortem examination was conducted by a veterinary officer from the animal husbandry and veterinary services. The results of the examination will shed light on the exact age and any underlying health issues the leopard may have had.
The Need for Action:
Jesus Varki, the conservator of Ponda forest, emphasized the seriousness of the situation. He stated that his officers would conduct a thorough investigation in the area to identify the culprits responsible for setting up the cable nets. Varki also emphasized the importance of property owners taking responsibility for monitoring activities on their land. Similar incidents have occurred in the past, leading to the department apprehending two individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
1. What caused the leopard’s death?
– The leopard died while attempting to free itself from a cable net trap. It had entered the area in search of food.
2. How long had the leopard been without food?
– Forest officials estimated that the leopard had not eaten for at least three to four days before its unfortunate demise.
3. Did the leopard sustain any injuries?
– The exact nature and extent of the leopard’s injuries will be determined through the post-mortem examination.
4. Who reported the trapped leopard?
– A passer-by noticed the leopard and immediately raised the alarm, alerting the authorities to the situation.
5. What actions will be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future?
– Forest officials will conduct a thorough investigation to identify those responsible for setting up the cable traps. Property owners will be urged to monitor activities on their land.
The tragic death of the leopard caught in a cable net trap in Goa serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address the issue of such traps. Wildlife conservation efforts must be strengthened to protect and preserve the diverse wildlife species in the region.