D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: A one-year-old female leopard was killed at Appukodu near here on Tuesday. The carnivore had got caught in a noose trap.

Its carcass was found on a piece of land owned by a farmer Bheeman.

Another farmer Selladurai who had taken the land on lease and was cultivating potatoes there told The Hindu that around 8.30 a.m. he had seen the animal in his field battling for life.

A short while later it had died. The matter had been informed to a forest official.

The District Forest Officer, the Nilgiris (South), D. Arun, who rushed to the spot said that the young leopard must have moved with its mother from the nearby reserve forest. The noose trap made of metal wire was found around its hip.