COIMBATORE: A group of farmers dressed up as lions, cheetahs and Nilgiri tahrs turned up at the collectorate on Monday to submit a petition about two leopards prowling the villages along Madukkarai range.
A leopard killed four goats and four hen on a small farm at Pooluvapatti last week, the former members of the Tamil Nadu Farmers Association said in the petition. The animals might be tempted to attack humans also, they said. “Three leopards were prowling our villages. The forest department captured one of them two months ago. Though the department officials set up traps to capture the rest, they have not been successful,” president of the association S Palanisamy said.
The wild beasts are affecting normal life in the densely populated villages, the owner of the animals killed by a leopard said. “I earn a small income with my livestock. With the leopard killing them, my source of revenue is dead. What if my grandchildren were outside at the time of the attack?” asked P Periyasamy.
Villages include Perumalkoilpathy and Vadivelampalayam, which are hardly half-a-kilometer away from each other along the Noyyal river are also affected. “These are not just farming belts, but densely populated belts,” another farmer said.
Date: 05 Feb 2019