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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Leopard dies of knife wounds after fierce clash with Indian villagers


A leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India on July 19, 2011. (AP)

A leopard that attacked 11 Indian villagers in a fierce showdown 300 miles outside Kolkata Tuesday has died of knife wounds after being captured.

The adult male leopard leapt snarling out of the forest at villagers and forest officials, who tried to drive the cat back using knives, stones, and batons. Their hope was to send the leopard back toward a wildlife sanctuary in the state of West Bengal.

Six villagers and four forest guards were injured before the leopard was tranquilized.

The cat died of injuries within hours at a veterinary center.

Leopards and tigers are protected in India, but clashes like this one are becoming more common as villagers encroach on the animals’ land.

The cats are also threatened by poaching, with the most trade of poached animals happening between India, Nepal and China.

In May 2010, the Wildlife Protection Society of India said that 3,189 leopards had been killed in India since 1994.

See more photos of the attack below:


A leopard attacks a forest guard as another runs for cover at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP)

The leopard runs to escape after attacking a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. (AP)

The leopard prepares to attack a forest guard, left, at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. (AP)

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