Iran: a leopard attacks a policeman and sows panic in a city in the north of the country


The province’s environment department is investigating whether the animal entered the city from forested areas or was living illegally with locals.

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A leopard attacked a policeman on Sunday morning (April 24th) and caused panic among the residents of a town in northern Iran before being captured, local media reported. the animal “attacked and injured a police officer before fleeing to a garden” in the locality of Ghaemshahr, reported to the official agency Irna the spokesman for the protection of the environment of the province of Mazandaran, Kamyar Valipour. “The state of health of the police officer does not inspire concern”he added.

A video released on social networks shows a leopard standing on the ledge of a bank sign. Shortly after, panicked, the animal jumps to the ground and flees. Residents, terrified, run in all directions shouting, according to the images. The leopard was then captured and transported to the protected area of ​​Semeskandeh, in the same region, Irna said. According to Kamyar Valipour, the province’s environment department is investigating whether the animal entered the city from forested areas or was living illegally with locals.

According to Hamshahri (article in Persian), daily from the town hall, many wild animals, including wolves and foxes, have been observed in recent weeks in urban areas in Iran. The newspaper notably reports the presence of a bear in the town of Marvdasht and a wolf attack on two elderly women in Khalkhal.



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