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Cow killed by Leopard 




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(03-23-2019, 12:04 PM)Styx38 Wrote:
(06-27-2014, 10:07 PM)Pantherinae Wrote:
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Very impressive kill by a Cougar! An adult elk stag! Cougars seems to take down massive and more impressive prey than leopards.

That is a Rocky Mountain Elk.

It is roughly the same weight as Sambar Deer (Leopard prey):

Quote: Wrote:Size and Weight of Rocky Mountain Elk
Bull:  700 pounds (315 kg)
Cow:  500 pounds (225 kg)
http://www.rmef.org/elkfacts


 
Quote: Wrote:Haltenorth (1968) differentiated three species, with 18 subspecies. Adult males are larger than females and have characteristically 6 antler points and long legs. Their weights vary from 100-315 kg.

http://placentation.ucsd.edu/sdeer.html


Quote: Wrote:The weight of adult Sambar is between 100 to 320 kg.

http://natureconservation.in/description...mbar-deer/





Leopards kill Sambar stags




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As can be seen from this study, there were three Sambar stags killed by a Leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Also, the occasional wild boar.


Source:
Kittle, Andrew et. al. The ecology and behaviour of a protected area Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. Tropical Ecology 58(1):71-86  February 2017

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication...population



Leopard kills Sambar Deer:


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Quote: Wrote: Wrote:WCS (Wildlife conservation Society) released a stunning set of camera trap images recorded last week that show the dramatic end for a large Sambar deer (possibly weighing 200-300 kilos) taken down by the suffocating bite of a leopard.
https://newsroom.wcs.org/News-Releases/ ... serve.aspx

Very impresive feat of the leopard to kill an adult Sambar, but I don't think than that Sambar was of 300 kg, maybe 200 kg at the most. Plus, we can't see if this was a male or a female, and the article do not say it.

Regarding the other article about Sri Lanka, the Sambar of the island is smaller than those from India/Nepal, with a maximum weight of 475 lb (215 kg) and less on average, and leopards in the island can reach up to 250 lb (113.4 kg), with an average of 124.1 lb (56 kg) ih the males.
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Leopard predation adult cattle.

"During 1990 to 2003, most leopard depredations (90.3%) were on cattle (Table 3), and primarily adult livestock were killed. "


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Livestock predation by common leopard in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, India: human–wildlife conflicts and conservation issues Chandra Prakash Kala and Kishor Kumar Kothari
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Leopard predation on domestic dog
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Leopard depredation on livestock in Zimbabwe.

Overall, leopards only rarely killed donkeys (3.6% of kills) and rarely killed adult cattle (of leopard cattle kills, 6.7% were adults, 43.3% were yearlings and 50.0% were calves). Of leopard kills, 55.4% were goats, of which 78.2% were adult.


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Loveridge et. al. (2017) Bells, bomas and beefsteak: complex patterns of human-predator conflict at the wildlife-agropastoral interface in Zimbabwe

Leopards near a Zimbabwe National Park killed adult Cattle and adult Donkeys in less amounts compared to juveniles, considering they had to compete with Lions and Spotted Hyenas.
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On the other hand, the Leopards have a preference for both adult male Cattle as well as juveniles in Iran.


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"(a) Male cattle are preferred by leopards because males have a larger body mass, and leopards in Iran are among the biggest; (b) juvenile cattle (calves and heifers) are preferred by leopards because they are easy to catch and thus are highly vulnerable to depredation; and © differently colored cattle are neither preferred nor avoided by leopards and taken according to the cattle availability. "


Khorozyan et. al. (2018) Cattle selectivity by leopards suggests ways to mitigate human–leopard conflict
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Amur leopard killed a cow:

"A North China Leopard (Panthera pardus fontanierii) has been captured in a 15-second video while preying on a cow on a mountain in Heshun County, north China's Shanxi Province, reported the Beijing Youth Daily on Saturday.

A farmer found the remains of the cow and reported to the local environmental protection authority at once. Officials at the authority believed it might have been killed by a North China Leopard and the animal was very likely to return to deal with its prey. Thus, they installed a camera on the spot and caught the scene of a leopard enjoying its dinner."


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Source: http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-06/287255.shtml
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@Luipaard 

Fantastic find.  Like
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Leopard hoisted a Brahmini calf carcass up a tree.



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Figure 3.12  Evidence of Leopard activity: a five-month-old Brahmini steer carcass cached in a tall tree where it is safe from hyenas and jackals.


"One Leopard kill was found, a five-to-six-month-old Brahmini calf which had been characteristically dragged into a tall tree, safe from wild dogs and hyenas."


source: The Whistling Hunters: Field Studies of the Asiatic Wild Dog (Cuon Alpinus) By Michael W. Fox
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Not entirely sure if the leopard actually killed it since leopards are opportunistic animals. Anyway, a leopard with a crocodile carcass:


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Leopard kills crocodile:

"leopard killing a baboon or a crocodile catching something in the water, are sights not seen in the wild every day! When we heard the baboons alarming calls, we had no doubt that a leopard had just killed something, but we weren’t prepared for what had actually happened. Getting into position to see the leopard was quite a challenge initially due to some thick vegetation, but then we saw some movement and a brief view of a crocodile of about 6 – 7 foot, walk across a small gap in the brush. A blur of spots and dust followed, as a large male leopard jumped onto and killed the crocodile! He then dragged the croc back towards a thicket, giving us a glimpse of it as he did. I could see that the leopard had ripped a large portion of the side of the crocodile’s throat out. This, I imagined, he had already started to do in a previous attempt before we got there. I say this, because when we saw the “pounce” and heard the commotion, it was not long before the croc was dead and the leopard was already dragging it off…far too quickly for it to have been a first attempt!"


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https://www.essentialafrica.co.za/an-unusual-kill/
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Leopard and sun bear cub in the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary,Myanmar 


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Cow killed by Leopard:

"Coimbatore: More than 300 employees working at the Manicka estate near Valparai were in for a shock as a cow was reportedly killed by a leopard here.

The cow belonging to Madasamy, an estate worker was tethered inside the shed when the leopard attacked. Other cows that were in the shed fled the scene fearing the leopard.

Foresters confirmed the incident after inspection. This is the second attack of leopard on cattle after a cow belonging to Vasuki, was killed a week ago.


Meanwhile, people have requested foresters to relocate the leopard as soon as possible."

https://simplicity.in/coimbatore/english/news/64408/job



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Leopard with gelada kill.


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