Leopard released into reserve after killing one, injuring two
A leopard attacks a man in the Indian city of Guwanhati on Saturday.
January 9th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

Leopard released into reserve after killing one, injuring two

A leopard whose urban-area attack led to the death of one man and injuries to two others was released in an Indian nature reserve on Monday, two days after the incident.

Officials from the Assam State Zoo in Guwanhati, where the attacks occurred, set the cat free in in a tiger reserve in Manas, according to an Agence-France Presse report in the Hindustan Times.

Three men were attacked on Saturday when the cat wandered in to a residential area of Guwanhati, a city of almost 1 million people in northeast India.

The dead man was Debo Kumar Das, an attorney who was doing carpentry work in his house when he was attacked, according to a report in The Times of India.

"The leopard clawed him, wounding his head. Das received stitches on his head at a hospital and returned home in the evening. When we went to check on his health in the morning, we found him dead. There were blood stains everywhere in the room," the Times quoted a neighbor as saying.

One of the leopard's victims, Pintu Dey, told AFP from his hospital bed that he was injured as he tried to protect the cat from police who had come to kill it.

"My two children were inside the house and so I went to save them when I found some policemen aiming to shoot the leopard," AFP quoted him as saying. "I pleaded against killing the cat and literally stood between the policemen and the leopard like a shield, and all of a sudden I found myself attacked and blood splattered all over."

The attack on Dey was captured on photographs.

The cat was later tranquilized and taken to the local zoo.

Surajit Dutta, director of the Kaziranga National Park, told The Telegraph of Calcutta, that a large crowd that came to look at the leopard worsened the situation.

“You traumatize an animal like this and it will attack. You let it pass, while informing us, and it normally will. We can then get the situation under control as our people are trained to do this,” he said.

More attacks by leopards on humans can be expected as populations grow and move into lands where the animals hunt, Dutta told The Telegraph.

“Leopards may even like city life given the ready access to chicken, dogs, cats and other pets in human habitation. Unlike tigers, they take easily to disturbed habitats. Unlike the tiger, which prefers thick forests, solitude and privacy, thereby staying elusive, the leopard takes easily to scrubland, which Guwahati creates as its ever-growing population tears into its forest cover. Guwahati’s forests and scrubland are full of leopards,” Dutta is quoted as saying.

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  1. kude

    I remember reading, a while back, about one wildly liberal group who had this gathering for city folk, where they can pet declawed pumas and snakes that are regularly milked. TO teach them about how peaceful animals are.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      kude, I highly doubt anyone would teach kids that wild dangerous animals are peaceful. Go back to Glenn beck.
      On the other hand, I heard about this conservative group that teaches kids that Dinosaurs and people co-existed in perfect harmony and that the Earth is only 2,000 years old....

      January 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • chicago7

      Dave, you obviously have never watched the Flintstones, from which these kinds of people get their facts.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JomoDaMusicMan

    Its amazing that this site allows this racist b.s. and as soon as I say something negative about the system my comments have to be examined before posted. KKK is still alive & well here

    January 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hdflhri

    Pretty rude.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terry

    I applaud Dey. Humans are the ultimate predator and there needs to be human population control, not animal population control.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      You go first.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Following was my resp. to the Ohio killings of over 40 exotic animals ob 10/20/11.

    I see several people commenting that the police could not have carried tranquilizing guns etc. I agree. But plz. don't tell me they could not have galvanized a bunch of wildlife experts to supervise the capture even at short notice.This is America & it's the 21 century! Even in places like Kenya, Tanzania, India people are strictly forbidden from killing wildlife even when they wander into populated areas. More often forest guards try to capture them alive by tranquilizing them. So, I don't believe we have done everything necessary before doing whatever we did.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I totally agree with you. It was never even considered in Ohio.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Oh, puleeze. This was one leopard in an area where they are often encountered and authorities have experience dealing with them. The fiasco in Ohio involved dozens of different animals, each with it's own body mass and weight, and untrained police to control the situation. Imagine you were in the path of one of those bears, for example. Would you want the police to be fumbling around with various tranquilizer dosages while the bear is mauling you, or would you want them to use one bullet and kill it while you're still breathing? Think much? Go hug a tree, for cryin' out loud.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joey

    killed a lawyer. we need more leopards

    January 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. achepotle

    Way to go Odumbo! Socialism in action!

    January 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Congratulations, achepotle. You managed to bring left/right American politics into a comment thread about a Leopard in India. Non-sequitur. Look it up.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Feces on the Wind

      I'm pretty sure that's the point Leaf on the Wind. Then again, you are so smart and awesome I'm sure you already know that – you are just being an ass.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe, San Diego

    In the gay community of Hillcrest San Diego the cops are very pleasant and cordial to citizens so teach your child a cop may save his/her life one day/
    People walk around with dogs and they attack humans, humans attack humans be on guard

    January 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don

    The photo is edited, the leopard sliced this dudes scalp almost clean off and it is flipped up in the air the real picture.
    go to (http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=461_1326142135) for the real pictures.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzy

    @ Feces on the wind, LMAO !!! 😉

    January 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joe

    Good thing it wasn't a cougar.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    Lions,tigers and bear dodo, oh my!

    January 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nuh

    Beautiful creature. Kudos to the guy that stopped the police from killing it, even though the leopard didn't really return the favor. He's a better man, than I.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |


    January 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Igor Purlantov

    It is sad that these human and animal encounters are happening with more frequency. Leopards are amazing animals that are facing extinction. There has to be some changes made so they can co-exist peacefully with humans.


    January 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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