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The leopard found the area around Rudraprayag, with a population of roughly 50, people and its position on a major pilgrimage route through the mountains. News of the attacks and the ensuing panic spread as far as London. This leopard, although being past its prime years for hunting, exhibited phenomenal strength and prowess.
Local hunters attempted to trap or kill it without success; at various times, it pulled its leg free from a steel spring trap, dug its way out under a falling-box trap, and through speed and elusiveness escaped from a rope bridge over a ravine while armed riflemen waited on both sides. Yet a nother time, after hunters trapped it within a cave, the leopard waited motionless for five days until the hunters removed the blockade at the cave mouth; the leopard then sprang out, spread panic as it charged into the observers, and made good its escape.
The leopard ate several types of poison with no ill effect; one village official stated the the animal seemed to thrive on it. Over the years, it evaded all sorts of methods used to kill it, up to and including snares, firearms, and grenades planted inside its victims.
The government levied a 10, rupee award on the capture of the beast, but the leopard successfully evaded an estimated 20, villagers, hunters, and soldiers from near and far.
He studied the predator's habits, and made several attempts on the animal's life without success; once, another leopard chased it away, and another time the animal he shot turned out to not be the culprit. Corbett's relationship with the Leopard was not strictly one-sided; one night, Corbett laid a trap for the beast, but had no luck with it.
Finally, he gave up and returned to his bungalow. Eventually, Corbett determined that the Leopard frequented a particular stretch of road between Rudraprayag and the neighboring village of Golobrai. He constructed a tree stand in a mango tree, and tied a goat with a bell necklace to a stake near the road within sight.
After ten days of sitting in the tree, the leopard finally took the bait; Corbett fired, hit the animal, and in the morning tracked it to where it finally expired. The Leopard of Rudraprayag was not the first, nor the last, man-eating predatory cat from India. Facing a shrinking habitat and scarcer-by-the-day food sources, leopards and tigers resort to eating humans, most often children.
The problem does not seem to be abating, either: one village in the West Bengal area reportedly lost 14 people to tiger attacks in alone. Man-Eaters, by Michael Bright, Macmillan, Nuggets Archive. April 10, The s.
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The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
The leopard showed exceptional cunning in evading traps, poisoned baits and the bullets of shikaris and bounty hunters. There was recently shot by Captain Corbett, of the Indian Army, a giant man-eating leopard, which for eight years had terrorised square miles of Northern India, and had killed in that time no fewer than human beings. It was in the tiny village of Rudraprayag, in Western Garhwal, near the Himalayan Mountains that the man-eater was first seen. A village woman woke, shivering, to see the brute back slowly out of her hut.
The man-eating leopard(s) of Rudraprayag
The Leopard of Rudraprayag was a male man-eating leopard , reputed to have killed over people. It was eventually killed by hunter and author Jim Corbett. The first victim of the leopard was from Benji Village , and was killed in For the next eight years, people were afraid to venture alone at night on the road between the Hindu shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath , for it passed through the leopard's territory, and few villagers left their houses after dark. The leopard, preferring human flesh, would break down doors, leap through windows, claw through the mud or thatch walls of huts and drag the occupants out before devouring them. According to official records, the leopard killed over people.
Leopard of Rudraprayag
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The leopard found the area around Rudraprayag, with a population of roughly 50, people and its position on a major pilgrimage route through the mountains. News of the attacks and the ensuing panic spread as far as London. This leopard, although being past its prime years for hunting, exhibited phenomenal strength and prowess. Local hunters attempted to trap or kill it without success; at various times, it pulled its leg free from a steel spring trap, dug its way out under a falling-box trap, and through speed and elusiveness escaped from a rope bridge over a ravine while armed riflemen waited on both sides.