Fifth case of a child being killed by a leopard in Uttarakhand in the past one month Credit: Representational image

A seven-year-old girl became the latest victim of a leopard attack in Uttarakhand. She was mauled outside her home in Tehri Garhwal district late Sunday night, officials said on Monday.

This is the fifth case of a child being killed by a leopard in Uttarakhand in the past one month.

DS Meena, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Narendra Nagar forest division in the district said, “The incident occurred around 9:30 pm on Sunday night when the 7-year-old was attacked by a leopard outside her house. The girl was going to use the washroom outside the house when the animal dragged her away. Her body was later recovered from a nearby forest area on Sunday night itself and sent for post-mortem examination on Monday afternoon.”

Post the dreadful incident, villagers protested demanding that the leopard be declared as a man-eater and eliminated. They have been cautioned against letting their children come out of houses without being accompanied by elders.

The DFO further said that the forest department has installed a cage and camera traps to track the leopard’s movements and catch it.



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