Jorhat, April 9: A jungle cat was killed after the animal attacked a villager on the northern outskirts of Dergaon today.
The incident came just two days after a leopard was killed and its meat distributed among villagers at Bahiguri No. 1 Borikhowa village under Dergaon police station in adjoining Golaghat district.
An official of the Dergaon forest beat said an adult jungle cat was killed by a villager at Charugaon, about 15km from Dergaon town, when the person was attacked by the wild cat.
He said around 11am, Umbha Pow, the villager, was returning home after leaving his cattle to graze in a field near his village. Pow suddenly came face to face with the jungle cat that came out of the bushes, adjacent to the road he was walking, and the animal, perhaps panicking, clawed him. The official said Pow in self-defence hit the jungle cat’s head with a hammer he was carrying with him and the animal collapsed immediately.
The official said the jungle cat was a male adult and its carcass was being brought to Dergaon for post-mortem. He said Pow received minor injuries and an investigation to the incident was on.
“If we find out that Pow had killed the wild cat not in self-defence then legal action will be initiated against him,” the official said.
On Saturday morning, Mulai Pegu, another villager, was attacked by a female leopard when he had gone out of his house.
Several villagers who were fishing in the area rushed to the site after Pegu screamed for help. The big cat took shelter in a tall tree where hundreds of villagers gathered in the area, brought it down by poking it with long bamboo sticks and killed it.