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Lawachhara Forest: Rare leopard cat crushed under wheels


Dhaka, 1 April, 2021: An endangered leopard cat was killed while crossing a road in Jonakichhara area of ​​Lawachhara forest in Moulvibazar's Kamalganj upazila yesterday.

The leopard cat died after being crushed under the wheels of a speeding vehicle around 12:00 noon, said Motaleb Hossain, range officer of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department in the district.

The body was recovered and it would be buried following necessary procedures, he added.

Leopards are nocturnal animals and endangered due to various obstacles including the destruction of habitat and food crisis.

This animal is protected under the Wildlife Act of Bangladesh, he added.

Meanwhile, wildlife enthusiasts have repeatedly asked for limitations on vehicles' speed in the forest area. They also urged the authorities to train the drivers properly on the route.

Shamsul Haque, the joint convener of Lawachhara Bon O Jiboboichitro Rokkha Andolan, said, many animals were killed on the roads in the park but only a few came to the limelight.

"Wild animals need a corridor as they come out of the jungle at night in search of food," he said.

Many vehicles use the 15-kilometre Kamalganj-Sreemangal road and rail route passing through the reserve forest area, which often causes such deaths, he added.

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