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Telangana: Leopard skeleton found in Kawal Tiger Reserve

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Mancherial: The decomposed skeleton of a six-year-old leopard was found at one of the ranges in Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) of Jannaram on Sunday. Authorities of Forest Department said that the wild animal either died of some ailment or was attacked by wild dogs.

Saravanan, field director at the reserve, told Telangana Today that the skeleton was found at Dharmarao beat of Mohammadabad section during a regular inspection of the reserve by officials of the Forest Department on Saturday. The wild animal might have died due to some disease or after being attacked by wild dogs or due to starvation, he said.
 
Saravanan informed that the leopard might have breathed its last either two or three months back. “Nails and bones of the animal were intact. No evidence of poaching was gathered at the spot. Panchanama was performed on Sunday. The animal was one of 90 leopards inhabited in the reserve,” he explained. 

Kawal Tiger Reserve is spread across Adilabad, Nirmal, Mancherial and Kumram Bheem districts. Its core zone spreads over 893 sq. km and buffer zone spreads over 1,120 sq km covering certain forests of the four districts. It is a safe haven for a wide range of herbivores and carnivores.

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