A 19-year-old girl dies after being attacked by a leopard, dragging her into a sugar cane field

A 19-year-old girl in India died after a leopard attacked her and dragged her into a sugar cane field near her home.

The incident took place in the western state of Maharashtra on Wednesday, local police and forest officials confirmed to the media.

The victim, identified as Puja Bhagwan Narawade, was reportedly in her front yard when the leopard attacked her from behind.

The girl was home alone when the incident happened. The leopard reportedly dragged her over 200 feet into the farm before abandoning her there and disappearing into the jungle, Punekar News reported.

The animal “pulled her into the sugar cane plantation on the neighboring property. Some neighbors who sounded the alarm and rushed to her aid found her in the sugar cane field with serious injuries to her neck,” police officer Sureshkumar Raut told the Indian Express.

Deputy Forest Conservator (Division Junnar) Amol Satpute said: “After we received information about the leopard attack, a team was sent to the area. Patrols in the area are being stepped up and cage traps for the leopard are being installed to deal with the situation and all possible measures are being taken.”

An autopsy will be carried out to support the ongoing investigation, police said.

This is the second deadly leopard attack in the region in the last two months, according to local media reports. Authorities have stepped up patrols and set cage traps in the area.

Last month, a leopard attacked a 65-year-old man in southern Karnataka state, killing him and consuming parts of the victim’s body. This was the first case of a leopard eating a man in the state, forest officials said at the time.

“We don’t know what made the leopard eat the man’s flesh. Incidents of leopards attacking humans aren’t new, but eating human flesh is,” Nandeesh L., assistant conservator of forests, CWS. The man was reportedly grazing livestock when the leopard attacked him and the other animals. A search was launched for the victim when he failed to return at night after going out in the morning. His mutilated body was found the next day.

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