An endangered leopard that has been harassing a local village has been captured by authorities.
The Persian leopard is to blame for sheep disappearing in a village near the town of Zakho where residents said they lost around 20 sheep.
The locals set a trap for the leopard and the cat sustained a serious injury when its back leg was caught in a shepherd’s trap. The leopard managed to escape then, but its injury led to the amputation of the leg upon the capturing by authorities.
eNCA reports that the leopard, taken in a day earlier in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region near the border with Turkey, had injured two people, said Colonel Jamal Saado, head of the environmental protection police in the Dohuk province.
Several years ago, there were similar cases in another province where an animal of the same subspecies was found dead.
Persian leopards are panther sub-species native to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and the Caucasus.
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