Leopard killed in Jorhat for mauling two

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JORHAT: An adult female leopard was beaten to death in a retaliatory act by villagers at Elengi Kharkhowagaon in Titabor sub-division of Jorhat district on Thursday night. The leopard had attacked the villagers earlier, leaving two of them critically injured.

The injured are now undergoing treatment at Jorhat Medical College Hospital. They were identified as Nafu Kurmi and Diganta Gogoi.

Forest beat officer (Titabor) Lakhinath Boruah said, “We found the carcass of an adult female leopard at Elengi Kharkhowagaon on Thursday night. The animal was about seven years old and it had sustained grievous injuries.”

He added, “The big cat had earlier attacked two persons in the village and injured them, creating a panic situation in the area. The locals then came out in large numbers with sharp weapons to kill the animal. They attacked the leopard and beat it to death on the spot. The big cat lost its legs and was even beheaded.”

He added that forest officials rushed to the spot on receiving the information, but it was too late. The animal was dead by the time they reached the spot. Boruah added that an investigation has been launched to nail the guilty persons, but the main culprits are yet to be identified.

On April 10, a woman names Komoli Gowala was killed in a leopard attack in Titabor area. Komoli was a tea worker and she was attacked by the big cat while working in the garden. Later, forest staffs trapped the 12-year-old female leopard in a cage and it was shifted to Kaziranga National Park.

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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest

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Jadav “Molai” Payeng started his project 30 years ago when he was still a teenager. Then, in 1979, flood waters washed a large number of snakes ashore on the local sandbar in Jorhat, some 350 km from Guwahati. When the waters receded, Payneg (who was 16 at the time) noticed the reptiles had died due to a lack of forestry.

“The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested,” said Payeng, who is now 47, to The Times of India.

Payeng chose to live on the sandbar, starting a life of isolation as he began work to create a new forest. Planting the seeds by hand, watering the plants in the morning and evening, and pruning them when required, he cultivated a huge natural reserve. After a few years, the sandbar was transformed into a bamboo thicket.

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“I then decided to grow proper trees. I collected and planted them. I also transported red ants from my village, and was stung many times. Red ants change the soil’s properties . That was an experience,” Payeng recalled.

Over the years, the reserve has seen a huge variety of flora and fauna blossom on the sandbar, including endangered animals like the one-horned rhino and Royal Bengal tiger. “After 12 years, we’ve seen vultures. Migratory birds, too, have started flocking here. Deer and cattle have attracted predators,” claims Payeng .

Unfortunately, locals reportedly killed a rhino which was seen in his forest, something that Payeng clearly disapproves of.  ”Nature has made a food chain; why can’t we stick to it? Who would protect these animals if we, as superior beings, start hunting them?”

Amazingly, the Assam state forest department only learnt about Payeng’s forest  in 2008 when a herd of some 100 wild elephants strayed into it after marauding through villages nearby. It was then that assistant conservator of forests Gunin Saikia met Payeng for the first time.

“We were surprised to find such a dense forest on the sandbar. Locals, whose homes had been destroyed by the pachyderms, wanted to cut down the forest, but Payeng dared them to kill him instead. He treats the trees and animals like his own children. Seeing this, we, too, decided to pitch in,” says Saikia. “We’re amazed at Payeng. He has been at it for 30 years. Had he been in any other country, he would have been made a hero.”

Read more: Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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