DEHRADUN: The latest autopsy reports have confirmed that two leopards of Haridwar forest division were killed in an accident on NH-74 (Haridwar-Bareilly highway). While one leopard was found dead on January 25, the other’s carcass was spotted on December 6.
According to sources in Haridwar forest division, a one-and-a-half-year-old leopard was found dead in Sabalgad area on Haridwar-Nagina stretch of NH-74 on January 25. The reports confirmed that the animal died due to a collision on the road. He was hit on the skull. While another six-year-old male leopard died in a road accident in Rasiyavad (Nalowala) at NH-74 on December 6.
The rising deaths of wild animals on this stretch was even pointed out by the National Green Tribunal and recently, it directed the MoEF to state the mitigation measures for the protection of biodiversity and wildlife in the environment management plan on this stretch of NH-74.
Findings of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) state that 222 animals died in 2016-17 while 26 leopards have bene killed in a decade due to road accidents. The forest officials said that there should be a 290-meter of safe passage, especially for elephants in Tedhi Pulia area.
“We have recently written to the National Highways Authority of India regarding the progress in construction of underpass near Tedhi Pulia. We have already given them forest land and the required approvals. NHAI is yet to submit the design for it in Peeli river, Ravasen, and Chidiyapur to the head of the forest department and chief wildlife warden for approval,” said DFO, Haridwar, Aakash Verma.