World Bulletin / News Desk
The existence of leopards in Turkey's southeastern region is being investigated by the region's forestry directorate after a shepherd shot a leopard he said was attacking him in Cinar district of Diyarbakir at the beginning of the month.
The research will involve using twenty camera traps - a method for capturing wild animals on film when researchers are not present - in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Siirt and Sirnak. A camera trap is a remotely activated camera that is equipped with a motion sensor or an infrared sensor and has been used in ecological research for decades.
The first sighting of the Anatolian leopard, long believed to be extinct, was when it attacked shepherd Kasim Kaplan, 29, and was shot dead by Kaplan’s cousin after injuring the shepherd on Nov. 3.
Regional Director of 15th Region of the Ministry Ayhan Deligoz told Anadolu Agency that a delegation of experts had been preparing a report on the leopard that was shot.
Noting the report would be released when completed, Deligoz also added, "It is pleasing that the villager was not killed."
The director also advised about what people should do when they confront a leopard, saying these animals would not attack people as long as they stand still.
"We believe leopards inhabit in the country and Turkish academic work also points to this", added the director.