A villager in the Galiyat area of Abbottabad poisoned and secretly buried a leopard, authorities discovered on Wednesday.
After killing the leopard, the villager buried the animal but “the foul smell of the dead animal” led locals and officials of the wildlife department to investigate the killing.
Authorities have ordered a probe into the killing of the leopard, sources in the area revealed.
According to locals of the area, the leopard had been constantly attacking the cattle heads of the villagers in the Boji Kakul forest area due to which one of the villagers got infuriated and decided to put the animal to rest.
The leopard, according to Wildlife authorities, was poisoned with meat, which killed it about a week ago.
The accused, however, buried the animal secretly without bringing the matter to the notice of authorities.
Some of the villagers reported the matter to the wildlife department when they sensed the stench and dug the solid waste dump to find the charred body of the leopard.
Wildlife officials confirmed the killing of a local species of leopard and launched an investigation to fix responsibility since killing wildlife is a crime under existing laws.
Galiyat area of Abbottabad has over 40 pairs of the local species of leopards.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2012.