Leopard which injured two communal farmers put down yesterday

SWAKOPMUND: A leopard which attacked and seriously injured two communal farmers in the Spitzkoppe area near Usakos was put down yesterday.

The attack took place last week Friday after the leopard had killed a donkey the day before.

The owner of the donkey, 67-year-old Willem Goaseb and his friend Andries Nangombe set a trap close to the animal’s carcass.

The leopard was caught in the wire snare, but managed to get away with the trap around its neck. When Goaseb and Nangombe traced the leopard with the intention to kill it, the leopard attacked the two men, landing both in the Usakos State Hospital.

Confirming the incident to Nampa today, the Deputy Director of Parks in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in the Erongo Region, Ulrich Boois said the leopard was indeed killed.

He said they decided it must be killed because it is a danger to humans and animals, adding that the search for the leopard started on Saturday.