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Snow leopard kills 27 Himalayan goats in Mustang

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MUSTANG — At least 27 Himalayan goats died after a group of snow leopards attacked them at Tetang village of Chhusang VDC-5 in upper Mustang.

According to a Chief of Lho Manthang Office of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Santosh Sherchan, the snow leopards killed 27 Himalayan goats and injured two others after entering a barn of a local farmer Ram Bahadur Gurung on Saturday night.

After the death of such large number of goats, farmer Gurung suffered a huge loss. As a campaign to conserve such leopards came into effect some four years ago, number of the beast has increased in the upper Mustang.

ACAP Chief Sherchan said that the farmers would not have to bear losses from the snow leopards after the solar lights are installed at the animal sheds. “We are organising many awareness raising programmes for the same targetting the locals,” he added.

Sherchan said that the with the rise in their number, they enter the villages to hunt as they lack preys in the jungle.

Earlier in September, the snow leopards had entered into the village and killed over 100 Himalayan goats of a local farmer Pemachheten Gurung at Marang village in Charang VDC.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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