Leopard forces closure of schools in Pauri Garhwal

The presence of a man-eating leopard in Damdewal range in Pauri Garhwal has forced authorities to close six primary schools in Ekeshwar Development Block in the district, District Education officer Bhupendra Singh said.

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2012, 16:27 PM IST

Kotdwara: The presence of a man-eating leopard in Damdewal range in Pauri Garhwal has forced authorities to close six primary schools in Ekeshwar Development Block in the district, District Education officer Bhupendra Singh said.
Recently, a 40-year-old shopkeeper of Esoti village in Ekeshwar development block was found dead, his body half-eaten by a leopard, 200 metres away from his shop in the fields, Singh said.

Since then, a leopard had been found lurking in the area, he said, adding, forest officials have set up traps in various places to catch the animal.
Conservator of Forest (Garhwal Division) D J Sharma said the leopard has been declared a man-eater after demand of villagers and monitoring its movements.

A hunting party will also be deployed to capture the animal, Sharma said.

PTI