Leopard, Teenager, headphones, Nanital district, Ramnagar, Forest officials, Traps

Uttarakhand teenager killed by a leopard while listening to music.

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On the 6th of June 2020, a teenage girl from Uttarakhand who was listening to music on her headphone was attacked and mauled to death by a leopard in Ramnagar area of Nainital district, said forest officials on the 7th of June, Sunday.

The deceased’s name was Mamta. She was an 8th-grade student from the Chunakhan area under the Bailparao forest range in Ramnagar was sitting on the bank of a canal that flows parallel to her thatched house on Saturday evening. She was listening to loud music on her headphones when a leopard came out of nowhere, attacked her, and dragged her towards the forest area. Her body was later discovered in the forest and was recovered from the nearby bushes, said a forest official.

“When we rushed to the spot on getting information from the villagers about the incident, a headphone, and a comb were found from on the spot. The victim was wearing headphones so she probably couldn’t hear the leopard,” said Santosh Pant, ranger officer, Bailparao forest range in Ramnagar.

Reportedly, eight people, including the teenage girl have been killed in Kumaon by leopards in the last one month.

Forest officials are eager to trap the leopards. For this, they have set up two cages and seven camera traps near the place where the incident took place to catch the leopard. The wild leopard returned to the incident place but it ran away and could not be trapped as villagers raised alarm on seeing it, due to which it escaped to the forests, said Pant.

“The leopard has been caught on camera trap. He returned to the place where the teen was killed. It was heading towards the cage but it fled when villagers raised an alarm on seeing it,” said Pant.

Pant said “Two cages and seven camera traps have been set up near the place where the incident took place. We will change the place and position of the cage in the evening to catch the big cat. If the villagers had not raised the alarm on Saturday evening, the leopard would have been trapped in the cage”.

The police handed over the body of the girl to her relatives on Sunday after post-mortem.

The conservator of the forest, western circle in Kumaon, Parag Madhukar Dhakate said “The victim’s family will be sanctioned ₹3,00,000 as ex – gratia from the State Forest Department. So far a cheque of ₹90,000 has been provided to the family.