14 children killed in leopard attacks in Tanahun in five years

File: A leopard
leopard attacks
File: A leopard

Tanahun, March 3

At least 14 children were killed, and 19 others injured in leopard attacks in five years in the Tanahun district, says the Division Forest Office.

The dead (10 boys and four girls) are in the age group of 1.5-11 years old, says assistant forest officer Raj Kumar Shrestha.

In the current fiscal year, 2022/23, two children were killed and three others injured in four leopard attacks, he says. Similarly, 77 domestic animals (69 goats, six pigs, one cow, and a calf) were killed in the 42 cases of the animal attack.

Four barking deer and one python have been rescued, and three leopards and an Asian palm civet were found dead, says Komal Prasad Kafle, the chief of the Division Forest Office.

Human encroachment on the habitats of wild animals has threatened them. As a result, human-wildlife conflict takes place when wild animals stray into human settlements in search of prey and water, he says.

However, the forest office has taken some initiatives to minimise human losses from wild animal attacks.

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