A 7-year-old girl was killed by a leopard near Sangasar village in Gujarat's Dahod district, a forest official said today.
This is the third such incident in the region in less than a month, he said.
The leopard dragged the girl away from outside her house in Dhanpur taluka on Monday evening, said Vasiya Dungri forest range officer Mahesh Parmar.
The half-eaten body of the girl was found deep inside the forest this morning, he said.
On August 8, a child was killed to death by a leopard at Kantu village in the same taluka.
A shepherd was also killed by a leopard near Khajuri village on July 26, he said.
Several incidents of leopards attacking humans in this region have been reported during July-August. He said there are about two dozen leopards in the forests.
Several cages have been placed at various spots near human habitats to trap the big cats. A leopard was caught on Monday night in the same locality, but it is not clear whether it was the same animal that had attacked the seven-year-old girl.