Updated: June 29, 2021 11:00:54 am
A two-year-old female leopard was found dead on the Surajkund road in Faridabad on Monday morning, with officials from the forest department suspecting it was mowed down by a speeding vehicle along the busy stretch.
According to officials from the forest department, the incident took place near Pali Chowk on Surajkund road between 3 am and 4 am. They received information regarding it from Faridabad police personnel around 10 am.
“The road has the Aravalli forest bordering it on both sides. We suspect that the leopard was trying to cross the road but was hit by a speeding vehicle while doing so and died,” said M S Malik, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife).
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Raj Kumar added, “A board of doctors has already conducted the postmortem of the leopard, which has revealed that it sustained a head injury and had undergone a brain haemorrhage. It was already dead by the time her body was spotted by the side of the road.”
The animal, officials said, was cremated late Monday afternoon in the ground opposite the office of the Wildlife Department in Faridabad’s Sector 17.
This, however, is not the first such incident in Faridabad. In January 2019, a 10-month-old female leopard had been found dead near Pali, with an autopsy confirming it had been hit by a heavy vehicle. Prior to that, in May 2017, two nilgais had been killed on Pali road after being hit by a passing vehicle.
Admitting that such incidents are occurring repeatedly along the stretch, an official from the forest department, on the condition of anonymity, said there is, however, “no plan on paper” at present for a long-term solution to the problem.
“There are solutions for this, like making a corridor that will allow animals to cross the stretch without having to venture onto the road at all. We are also thinking and discussing how best the problem can be resolved. However, there is no plan on paper as yet,” said the official.
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