4 women killed by big cats in 17 days

Four women were killed in attacks by a leopard and a tiger in the last 17 days near Navegaon National Park on Bhandara and Gondia districts border.

Three women were reportedly killed by a leopard. The fourth was killed by a tiger on Tuesday, Gondia divisional forest officer Rama Rao said. "Vandana Meshram of Chikhli village had gone to the forest to collect firewood when she was attacked by a tiger," he said.

Principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) SWH Naqvi said, "We are trying to cage the leopard and have put up six cages. If this fails, we will try to tranquilise it. If this fails, too, we will shoot the leopard," Naqvi said.

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