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Assam: Dead Leopard Recovered In Dibrugarh District

The carcass of a leopard was recovered from the Maijan Tea Estate in Dibrugarh district of Assam on Monday morning.

Assam: Dead Leopard Recovered In Dibrugarh District

Sentinel Digital Desk

DIBRUGARH: In what has come up as another suspected case of man-animal conflict in Assam, the carcass of a leopard was found at a tea estate in Dibrugarh district on Monday.

As per information, the dead leopard was recovered at Maijan Tea Estate of the district on Monday morning. The carcass was lying near the factory of the tea estate.

The incident came to light when some tea garden workers discovered it while they were engaged in plucking leaves. It is further known that the leopard must have died nearly three days back.

Interacting with reporters, one of the locals said, "The forest department officials came and took the carcass of the leopard for postmortem. The leopard must have died 2-3 days back."

The local further said, "The leopard takes away our domestic animals. Our children are afraid to go out. Recently, many leopards were caged from our tea estate."

There are reports of several leopards been seen in the adjoining tea garden areas who openly stray in many of the residential areas.

It may be recalled here that earlier in March this year, three dead leopards was recovered from areas under Doomdooma Forest Division in Digboi of Tinsukia district.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has designated the leopard as a 'vulnerable' species in the IUCN Red List. In recent times, the population of these particular species of big cats has drastically declined mainly owing to habitat loss as a result of poaching and succumbing to injuries after conflicts with humans.

What is worthwhile to note here is that the state has reported a steep rise in man-animal conflicts in recent times. Among the incidents, man-elephant conflicts outnumber all the conflicts with other wild animals.

As the experts opine, the shrinkage of forest areas has led to the animals to come out in search of food. In the process, they end up in human habitats which most of the lead to violent circumstances.

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