The post-mortem report of a female leopard, which was found dead on a golf course near Manesar on April 16, has confirmed that the animal died a “traumatic death due to unnatural causes”, wildlife officials in the Gurgaon administration said on Tuesday.
“There was a deep wound on its neck. It is because of this injury that the leopard died,” Vinod Kumar, conservator (wildlife), Gurgaon, said.
Kumar said the findings of the report indicate that “a human-leopard conflict cannot be ruled out nor can the possibility that it had a fight with another animal”.
“We are investigating what might have happened. We can’t be certain at this stage how the leopard died, but it seems the death occurred only three to four hours before the body was found. There were no other major injuries on the body, except some minor ones on the leg,” he said.
According to officials, the body of the leopard was found in a golf course, which is located close to a forest, around 6 am on April 16 by the golf course staff. Police and wildlife officials were alerted and the body was sent for post-mortem examination the next day.
“The golf course is located very close to a forest and the incident must have happened there. Even if the leopard was injured, it would not have been difficult for it to climb the wall and and get on the gold course. There is also a water body close by. The leopard might have been going towards the water body after being assaulted,” the official said.
The body of the leopard, which was only ten months old, was cremated soon after the post-mortem examination. “I think there are probably less than a dozen leopards left in the area,” Kumar said.