Man injured as leopard escapes netting in India

At least one man suffered serious injuries on Monday, January 2nd when locals and wildlife authorities attempted to trap a leopard which had strayed into a residential area in West Bengal, India, Indian news agency ANI said.

The footage shows a group of men struggling to trap the animal using a net before it becomes free and runs off, in the town Raiganj.

"Many efforts were made to capture a leopard which entered the residential area, but it gave us a slip. One man got injured. As of now, we don't know if we can recapture as we don't know its whereabouts," said Sumit Nandi, a volunteer of animal rights organization People for Animals.

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Furious leopard sits on a tree on March 3, 2016 in Jalpaiguri, India. Forest official struggled for more than five hours to rescue a Leopard that strayed out of Moraghat forest and sat on a tree in Dhupguri residential area after getting furious of the mob.

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People take photograhs of snake from very close distance. Thousands of Devotees and snake charmers gather at Khadiyatala near Chakdaha, Nadia on the occasion of Manasa Puja on the last day of Bengali Sravan Month. Snake Charmer perform with snakes during this occasion at Khadiyatala. Manasa, is a Hindu Goddess of snakes, worshipped mainly in Bengal chiefly to prevent and cure snake bite and also for fertility and prosperity.

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People stand on balconies to watch a wild elephant running amok the vehicles at a market after it was tranquilised by wildlife officials on February 10, 2016 in Siliguri, India. A wild elephant had wandered from the Baikunthapur forest in Siliguri, West Bengal, crossing roads and a small river before entering the town. The panicked elephant ran amok, trampling parked cars and motorbikes before it was tranquilised.

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Dipankar a local village young man plays with snake at the fair. Thousands of Devotees and snake charmers gather at Khadiyatala near Chakdaha, Nadia on the occasion of Manasa Puja on the last day of Bengali Sravan Month. Snake Charmer perform with snakes during this occasion at Khadiyatala. Manasa, is a Hindu Goddess of snakes, worshipped mainly in Bengal chiefly to prevent and cure snake bite and also for fertility and prosperity.

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Forest Officials try to try to get control after tranquilizing the wild Leopard strayed into the town on March 3, 2016 in Jalpaiguri, India. Forest official struggled for more than five hours to rescue a Leopard that strayed out of Moraghat forest and sat on a tree in Dhupguri residential area after getting furious of the mob.

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Young women observes a snake in her own hamds. Thousand of Devotees and snake charmer gather at Khadiyatala near Chakdaha, Nadia on the occasion of Manasa Puja on the last day of Bengali Sravan Month. Snake Charmer perform with snakes during this occasion at Khadiyatala. Manasa, is a Hindu Goddess of snakes, worshipped mainly in Bengal chiefly to prevent and cure snake bite and also for fertility and prosperity.

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People watch a wild elephant that strayed into the town after authorities shot it with a tranquilizer gun at Siliguri in West Bengal state, India, on February 10, 2016. A full-grown wild elephant went on a rampage through a West Bengal town on Wednesday, damaging up to 100 houses before eventually being subdued with tranquillizer guns.

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The injured man was treated at a nearby hospital.

Wild animals like leopards, panthers and elephants often cause damage, and even claim lives, in villages bordering forest areas as they often stray into inhabited areas in search of food.

The increasing human population has depleted the habitat of wild animals forcing them to stray into human settlements.


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