By: John Roberts
|Leopard attacking people at an oil field|
The large Leopard fully developed got inside the campus of Oil India Limited field at the headquarters of Duliajan in Dibrugarh district where he attacked several members of the staff.
The stunning photographs show the animal attacking a security guard after he tried to rescue their colleague.
Forest guards rushed to the scene and eventually managed to shoot the animal with a tranquilizer, but were forced to kill it when the drug had no effect.
P Shiv Kumar, divisional forest officer of Digboi forest division, said: "We have been informed about a leopard lost in a bungalow by an oil executive on Sunday morning.
"I accompanied a team of veterinarians from the Center for Rehabilitation and Conservation of Wildlife Trust of India to the place.
"When we got there, the leopard had attacked five people. We have tried to reassure the panther, but it got wild which is normal before the sedative takes effect and rushed into the crowd gathered at the scene.
"Security personnel were left with no choice but to shoot it."
A forest official said leopards were often seen on the campus of oil due to its proximity to forest reserves Joypore.
Another leopard, a female, was caged by the forest department in neighboring Sivasagar district early this morning.
Sivasagar forestry division officer Ranjan Das, said: "At least four leopards have been spotted in the area in recent days. A family of leopards had killed several animals in the area, as such, we have a cage with a goat as bait.
He said the female leopard was released later in Abhayapur forest reserve and the officers were trying to locate the remaining leopards.