PADT cry foul over leopard attack in deer park

File photo.
Deer roaming at deer park in Mirgasthali, file photo.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) said it was worried over how to tackle with leopard as it has been attacking the deers in the deers’ park or Mirgasthali at Sleshmantak forest in the Pashupati area, Kathmandu.

According to the Trust, two leopards frequently visit the garden to prey the innocent animal. The trust has complained that leopards frequently attack the deers after occupying latter’s fences.

Though the trust has written to the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation and other concerned agencies asking for its control, it has not received any positive response so far, said Member Secretary of PADT, Dr. Govind Tandan. ‘If the leopards are not controlled shortly, they will harm more deer in the days to come beside encroaching human settlement’, Tandan said in a letter to the Ministry.

Currently, there are more than 100 deers now inside the park and the Trust is mulling over to take appropriate measure for their transfer to other places, it is learnt.

Earlier, a month ago United Nations Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) had warned of taking Pashupatinath off world heritage list. It had also advised to erect a compound around the Pashupatinath temple and increase plantation of Mirgasthali or the deer park.

In the meantime, report from Mahottari district said, a wild tusker has escaped afain after killing a person on Thursday afternoon after it entered the villages in Mahottari district.

The elephant have killed three people of two villages Lalbandi and Pattharkot in Mahottari and Sarlahi districts for the last three weeks. Locals are terrified with the entry of the wild tusker in the villages again.

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