Lakhimpur Kheri: In a suspected case of poaching, a young leopard`s carcass was recovered from a forest area here, officials said on Monday.
The carcass of a three-year-old male leopard was recovered late Sunday evening from Bira forest range, some 200 km from Lucknow.
The exact cause of the leopard`s death is yet to be ascertained, the forest officials said but did not rule out the involvement of poachers as the feline`s body was found entangled in a metallic wire.
"The leopard`s body was found hanging from a tree and was entangled in a metallic wire," Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) RC Jha told reporters here.
"We have initiated an enquiry into the case. The leopard`s body has been sent for autopsy," he added.
Killing a leopard is a serious offence under the Indian Wildlife Act, punishable with three to seven years` rigorous imprisonment.