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Residents of rural towns in India have killed two rare leopards after the cats left their mountain habitats presumably to search for food.
The incidents highlight the growing conflict between the animals and humans sparked by India's eco-
nomic boom and rapid population growth, The Times of London reports.
In the latest incidents residents of Nashik clubbed a leopard to death with sticks and iron bars after the cat strayed into a residential area and injured four people.
Local television showed footage of the terrified animal running across a city park as dozens of people chased it.
A second leopard was followed and beaten to death in a mountainous region of Jammu and Kashmir
after it injured two people in town.
It is estimated there are more than 14,000 leopards in India.
Originally posted by seagull
As you are undoubtably aware, this is, and has, happened everywhere man goes. It's unfortunate, yes...however, what do you expect those villiagers to do?
Here in my area, the Pacific Northwest, SE Washington to be more precise; at least two, sometimes more, cougars are killed each year because they come down out of the hills where they don't belong. When it comes down to human safety versus that of the animals, especially ones as dangerously powerful as big cats, I'll side with the humans every time.