Pithoragarh, October 25
The Almora Forest Department officials are planning to invite sharpshooter Lakhpat Singh to kill the leopard that mauled to death three women and lifted a girl in Palana village of the Lamgara block.

“We have sought permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden of the state to kill the leopard which will be the second animal to be killed after being declared a man-eater in the area,” said Paramjit Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests in the Kumaon region.
Though the Forest Department was conducting its operation in the Lamgara area, the leopard kept roaring on Tuesday night. The forest officials kept patrolling all night after the animal lifted a girl after killing three women in the area last evening. “We have contacted Lakhpat Singh and he will be deputed in the area to kill the man-eater. The permission of Chief Wildlife Warden SS Sharma is awaited,” said Rahul, DFO, Almora forest division.
People in the Lamgara area of the district are in panic after the incidents. The women have stopped to go to jungle to collect fodder for their animals and even office-goers have stopped to go to work because of the leopard fear.
“We have ordered the installation of six cameras around the spot where the leopard killed the women,” said Paramjit Singh.
Not only the Lamgara area but also many other villages in Almora district are facing threat of leopard. “The roar of leopards is being heard in Sikura, Sarso, Golanakararia, Dhoura, Channa and Cheer villages that are situated near the town,” said Manoj Tiwari, Congress MLA from Almora.
According to the local MLA, the number of morning walkers has gone down after leopards have started attacking people. “The number of those who used to go for morning walk on the Dugalkhola, Pithoragarh and Chitai roads has come down after the incidents,” said the MLA. “We have decided to talk to the Chief Minister to make a permanent system to protect the villagers from the increasing number of leopard attacks,” added Tiwari.

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