KATHMANDU - A leopard was killed on Saturday in Kapan in the northern outskirts of Kathmandu Valley, after it entered human settlement and attacked locals.
Police gunned down the big cat hiding near a private compound in Shiva Mandir area since early morning. It had attacked two persons-an elderly woman and a doctor involved in darting.
According to Inspector Rabindra Prasad Bhatta, the police control room received frantic calls from locals at 6 am. A police team was later deployed to the site. The wild animal, supposedly from the Shivapuri forest, had attacked the woman in kitchen garden.
The police reached the site at 6:30am and later contacted District Forest Office and Central Zoo for process to take the wild cat under control. Teams from the DFO and the zoo reached the site at 11am.
When experts tried to tranquillise the leopard, it attacked and injured a member. "By then, a mass had gathered. When the situation threatened to spiral out of control, we decided to shoot the animal," said Bhatta. Of late, there have been case of leopards coming into human settlements.