MOHALI: A leopard has been roaming in the peripheral areas of Mohali for the past fortnight. Wildlife officials are in heated pursuit, fixing trap cages and cameras at different locations near the Mullanpur Air Force Station and Parol village.
The situation took a turn for the worse when the big cat injured a goat in the forest area near Parol village two days ago. Wildlife officials have sounded an alert, warning area residents against venturing out, especially in the dark. Malkit Singh of Parol village said his goat was attacked while it was grazing in the forest area near a dam on July 2. Earlier, the leopard was spotted near the Mullanpur Air Force Station and wildlife officials concerned were informed about the same on June 22.
Divisional forest officer (DFO) Balbir Singh said, “Two trap cages and one camera was installed in the area, in which movements of wild animal were detected. However, we have not found any pug marks.”
The leopard was first spotted near the Air Force Station on June 22. Since then, it has been appearing and vanishing in the peripheral area. Jujjar Singh of Parol village said they have decided to seek permission from the wildlife department to shoot the animal. In November 2012, signs of the presence of a leopard were reported in Mullanpur but there were no casualties.
We wonder if there are 5000 leopard left in South Africa. There are reported over 20 000 rhino left. Have you ever wondered why the world has reacted so differently to the persecution of rhino as opposed to leopards. There are probably more leopard killed a year in South Africa than rhinos! Not that the one is less heinous than the other, we just wonder why society reacts differently to acts equally abhorrent and disastrous for our natural heritage.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lions and other predators are being captured alive out of National Parks in some areas of Botswana (illegally) and moved towards South Africa and other countries to be hunted?
Did you know that these species are being monitored by poachers and followed until they can be captured and moved? Did you know that some of these species are being chased for Kilometres with a vehicle until they cannot run anymore and then either captured with a dart gun or by hand?
Do you know why this is happening?
Remember we discussed previously that there is a growing demand for Lion Bones and other Lion Parts to be utilised in countries all over? Well this is one example. Yes, WILD Lions, Cheetah’s and Leopard are captured to supply the demand. When will anything be save again?
So imagine you are lying at a pool and relaxing away from the HOT sun and all of a sudden somebody rushes towards you and chases you down. Tie your legs and arms together, covers you with a blanket over your head, put you in a car and then sedates you. Then you wake up in a place you have NO idea where you are and think you are free and start running until you hit a fence a few meters away.
Before you know it, you hear a car approaching and somebody gets out and points a gun at you.
How would you feel about this? This is happening in Africa people. We have a saying here at WFL that when a snake bites you on your foot the venom moves towards you heart of starts rotting at the sight and spreads. So would you not say that with this demand for Lions and their bones in South Africa the venom is starting to move upwards into more countries north from here?
Did you know that breeding places in Botswana is now also selling their excess Lions to South Africa so that they can start breeding again?
Wonder where these Lions will go, seeing as the demand is so high it does make one wonder.
Take a good look at these people in the picture. As they are only but a few people of the Department of Wildlife and National parks working so hard daily to fight this problem. It is a problem that has raised its head only a few years ago where one can actually see the consequences these days. So we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of them for working so hard and putting their own lives in danger to protect their last remaining Lions.
It’s fabulous to see that the campaign is being picked up in local media across Namibia. We certainly hope that this provides the WFL team with a good turn out when they reach the next town of Gobabis. We certainly want our message to reach far and wide!
This is the third incident in the last six months in Katni district in which a tiger whas been found electrocuted.
The carcass was found at a farm in Kua village under Barhi forest area located close to the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Barhi Forest Ranger Kapil Sharma told reporters.
“Live electricity wires were also recovered from near the carcass,” he said adding that it appears that the animal was electrocuted by the poachers.
A case has been registered against three persons in this regard, but the ranger refused to share details about them.