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Leopard found dead, paws missing

The Times of India
Mumbai
29 Mar 2012

An eight-year old male leopard with its paws missing was found dead in the forests of devkhop- Tandelpada in Palghar on Tuesday, raising suspicions of poachers in the region.

N. R. Pravin, deputy conservator of forests, Dahanu said, when locals were questioned, they said they had laid a trap for wild boars but the leopard walked into the wire mesh trap. However, forest officials rushed to the spot only to find the front paws of the leopard`s body was sent for a post-mortem, the results of which showed that the animal`s windpipe was choked leading to its death.

This is the second case in the last three months where a leopard has been killed. In January 2012, a resort owner in Vasai was arrested for allegedly poisoning a leopard.