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A Leopard found dead at Serkem Forest

Jan 27, 2014

Leopard-TrapGelegphu Range Officials found a dead leopard at the Serkem Forest under Jigme Chhoeling Gewog, on January 24.  

The leopard is said to have been killed by a trap, which had been set up by an orchard-owner to prevent their farm produce being damaged by wild animals.

The owner will have to pay Nu. 60,000 as penalty for killing the leopard.

The forest falls under the biological corridor of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, under which killing of wild animals is prohibited. Forest officials had also found several other traps within the vicinity and have removed them.




1 Comment for “A Leopard found dead at Serkem Forest”

  1. Norbu Drukpa

    Farmers have sweated under the heat of scorching summer sun, with the earnest hope earning more income from their cash crop while the animals in the surrounding forest waited impatiently to devour the crops. When the crops are getting matured day by day thereby promising a better yield this year, temptation the tongues of animal could no longer keep them back no matter whatsoever the danger be lying ahead. There is death at every nook and corner of the field, there is danger at every inch of their advance towards the field.However, hunger encourages them to advance forwards no matter what.
    Luckier group reaches the field, gets their hunger appeased and comes back unhurt back to their hideouts. Some other unlucky ones gets into the trap and say good bye to this interesting yet challenging world where farmers and animals are already on the battle zone to fight their own rights.
    Comes in between is the conservationist who seems to support more the animals than the farmers. For instance the fines for unintentional killing of the leopard in a trap meant not for him but for other herbaceous species.
    If the animals are more precious than human being to the conservationist they must compensate the loss of crops adequately. If not farmers have equal right to retaliate for protection of their crops and livestock after all it does not belong to the conservationist.

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