Leopard on the loose
July 20th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Leopard killed after mauling six in India

Officers shot and killed a leopard after it strayed into a village and attacked six people in West Bengal, India, according to media reports.

The leopard attacked a woman and two men, The Australian reported.

People in the densely populated slum village of Prakash Nagar climbed onto rooftops as forestry officers pursued the big cat and vice versa, Sky News reported. Several attempts to tranquilize it failed.

Things seemed to calm down after the leopard sought refuge in bushes, but it leaped out at three officers, Sky News reported. An officer finally wounded the animal, and it later died at a veterinary clinic.

One forestry officer was reported critically injured.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Cane is right.
    That is what a leopard does.
    Watch out for them.
    One may eat your little dog, too, as well as you.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Stop breeding, there is just not enough resources....Poor kitty.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 1energy

    very smart animals know precisly who their real enemy is.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robbie

    And you're using a computer that was designed in the U.S., on a network that was developed in the U.S., for a news network that is based in the U.S., OH – and you're speaking English which may have been brought to India by England, but has become even more of an important language because of the U.S.. Oh, and the armpit of the world ( as you put it ) would still be enjoying a 3rd world economy had the U.S. not given it exceptionally good trade agreements and reduced it's tariffs so that India could export it's generally dis-honest culture across our shores so that you could make that comment about how the U.S. is grey hair..

    On another note, it is a tragedy that this beautiful wild animal needlessly died. 1 more leopard to add to the 3000+ that have been NEEDLESSLY killed IN INDIA since 1994. If there were 200,000 leopards in India ( which I am certain there are not ), this would indicate that 1.5% of the leopard population has been affected.
    To even the score, of the 1.2 BILLION people of India – 16.5 MILLION would have to die to be the equivalent. ( I am being fairly liberal on the population of the leopard, by the way.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You mean like the wolves that your USA managed to kill off in a measly ~400 years, and needed to ship in reinforcements from Canada to repopulate the region? Wild leopards wouldn't last a week in the US.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jon

    MAN HAS DOMINION OVER ALL THEE ANIMALS ON EARTH!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It is the thinking of THIS Sarah at 4:54 PM that threatens man's survival instinct's survival.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      It's my thinking that your comment is unreadable. Try english next time....

      July 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. barbara

    The heck with trying to tranquilize it, after attacking 6 people and almost killing another.... just shoot it. The life of an animal should never be put before human life.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • HDS

      Apparently the cat thought otherwise. Natures way of thinning the herd is all. If you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      That's right shoot it, when there is only about 400 hundred left of the Leopards and only 800 million Indians.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xavier Gonzalez

      Do you know how uneducated you sound.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      We are part of the problem though so let's not behave as if we're above all else (because we're not, the animal kingdom and mother nature will smack us down. Here in Texas we loose more livestock each year to predators because man has taken over there land. By your logic we would eventually kill most wildlife (we're almost there already) because it interferes with our needs for land use. This world can not hold an unlimited number of humans so even if we claim the right to remove animals to make room for us, we will just run into other problems.

      We observe that humans increase animal attacks because we're removing what was once these animals habitat. Based on this observation we can expect to see X many deaths a year because of this. The only real way to mitigate this is to accept our responsibility (since we're so smart lol), and create a growth construct that accommodates the needs of more than just our species (OMG you mean we might actually have to rate limit births? *the mexicans will surely frown*). Consider what we've done to the wildlife in the Gulf alone; we think only of ourselves, but mother nature will eventually swat us like the proverbial flies that our species has become. Most humans are a poor stuart of this world, but in the end we will all pay for it.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      That's ridiculous. The people who were dead were already dead....there's NO cost in human life if you tranquilize vs. kill the animal, and it can be released in a new area.

      Besides, there are over six BILLION people on this planet, but far fewer leopards....we're straining all resources by breeding like insane rabbits. People are encroaching in the leopard's domain. I say...GO LEOPARDS!

      Very sad they got it.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fu

    so tired of you racist people picking on people of any EVERY country. CNN should turn these commenting option off. you idiots have nothing better to do than write stupid comments.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mo

    Leopard is upset because Lion is released.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      HAHAHA...THAT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY FUNNY. OS X rocks!

      July 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peter

    It saddens me greatly to see a beautiful creature like this killed. The day will come when humans and insects are left. I have little faith in the human race.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ernie

    I'm with Barbara, we're not tranquilizing that thing, we're blowing its head off. That dude never saw it coming behind him. I wonder how they got volunteered to go catch a killer leopard...phew.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • HDS

      "killer leopard"? ... no.. fighting to stay alive leopard.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie

      It attacked the only guy without a helmet on. F... that!!! I know he was running around with that thing on his back yelling, "Ahhhhh Shoot it Shoot it!!!" The other guys look astonished.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      That's ridiculous. There's no reason to kill it if the people were already dead...or even if it was going to continue attacking. Tranquilizing works as fast as killing these days. Needless death of a rare animal caused by a backwards, over-populated nation encroaching on the leopard's habitat. I say GO LEOPARDS!!!!

      We have over six BILLION people on this planet...far more than it can continue to support...but only a few hundred leopards. The relative value of a single leopard to the ecosystem is worth hundreds of thousands of people. Again, I say GO LEOPARDS!!

      If they ever have to stop one again, I hope they come to their senses and just tranquilize it so it can be released in a new area or given to a zoo or park for a captive breeding program. People who say 'kill it' are just ignorant clowns.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie

      ALIVE ignorant clowns.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Padmanabham

    If there is not enough food in the forest, wild animals will start getting into the villages for food. Its unfortunate a lot of lives are lost.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. elgiblet1

    I had no idea Indians were tasty. Learn something new every day!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    humans are like rats.... just too many.....

    The life of this Loapard is worth about 1000 000 human lives..... give or take a couple thousands.....

    July 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      AMEN BROTHER....RIGHT ON!

      That's ridiculous. There's no reason to kill it if the people were already dead...or even if it was going to continue attacking. Tranquilizing works as fast as killing these days. Needless death of a rare animal caused by a backwards, over-populated nation encroaching on the leopard's habitat. I say GO LEOPARDS!!!!

      We have over six BILLION people on this planet...far more than it can continue to support...but only a few hundred leopards. The relative value of a single leopard to the ecosystem is worth hundreds of thousands of people. Again, I say GO LEOPARDS!!

      If they ever have to stop one again, I hope they come to their senses and just tranquilize it so it can be released in a new area or given to a zoo or park for a captive breeding program. People who say 'kill it' are just ignorant clowns.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dude

    HeyZeus – Are u referring to UK as a "more intellectually" advanced country ? Ever wondered why they were so diligent in looting India for 350 years ? And history didn't start just 400 years ago. Google this : Ancient Civilizations; and read on from there. You will be amazed to see how little you know about the world.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
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