Dehradun: A school in Pauri, Uttarakhand was closed for two days after leopard sightings and attacks in the area. There have been reports of multiple leopard attacks in the Lansdowne area due to which the decision to close the school was taken.
There are also reports that a leopard and her two cubs have been spotted around Lansdowne School. A school official claimed that a female leopard was behind several attacks in the area.
There are about 85 pre-primary students and they are too young to defend themselves if attacked, the official said.
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“The school was closed on August 17 and 18 and there is also the weekend. We believe there is sufficient time for the Forest Department to address the threat,” an official said. of the school quoted by the Times of India.
Forest officers set up cameras and combed the area to find the wild animal. The school is located in a remote village in the army cantonment area.
“Several members of the army have been attacked in the past week. A teacher was also attacked by a leopard in the Dogadda area while on his way to school in the morning. The teacher was rescued after a passing truck came to his rescue,” said Block Education Officer (BEO) Amit Chand.
The decision to close the school was made after parents of children raised concerns about their children’s safety.
Villagers in the area also pop crackers to keep big cats away from populated areas. Threats of leopard attacks have affected school attendance.