An eight-month-old female leopard cub was found dead on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road near the district toll plaza on Tuesday night. This is the eighth such death of a leopard in Delhi and NCR and the fifth on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road since last year.
According to forest officials, the department received the information from the police post near the toll plaza around 10.30 pm on Tuesday. The animal was found lying in a pool of blood, an official said. “A rescue team was sent to the spot immediately. Initial investigation showed that the animal was hit by a speeding vehicle,” District Forest Officer Ram Kumar Jhangra said.
The carcass was later sent for an autopsy on Wednesday which confirmed that the animal died after a head-on collision with a speeding vehicle.
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This is not the first time a leopard has been found dead in Delhi and NCR. Last April, a leopard was found dead in the ITC Classic Golf Course in Manesar. Last November, a male leopard died in an accident on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway in Manesar. Two more were found dead in Ghaziabad last year.
According to environmentalists, the rising number of leopard deaths due to over-speeding vehicles is going unnoticed by the state government. Also, spotting of wildlife on the main roads is due to the encroachment taking place in the Aravallis. “A large number of farmhouses have come up in the Aravallis, posing a major threat to wildlife. As a result, these animals come to the road in search of water and open space,” Chetan Aggarwal, a city-based environmentalist, said.