Since our bulletin, Rana says 15 hunters have contacted him interested in getting involved. Some offered their experience darting wild cats, while others offered to bring cat hounds to track the leopards. In late November, Rana had submitted paperwork to the National Parks office and was waiting to hear whether it would be forwarded to the Ministry of Forests. Apparently a team from National Parks had not yet reported their assessment of the situation from a recent check-out trip to the area and authorities wanted their feedback before further considering Rana's proposal to issue a hunting license for the cat to a foreign hunter. Remember that Asian leopards are not legally huntable throughout Asia, and they are certainly not exportable. Yet the efforts of police and military officials, and the offer of a bounty, have not produced taken care of the problem leopard, and Rana hopes authorities can be swayed to let an experienced leopard hunter do the job.
Just be aware that even if Rana secures legal paperwork, hunting this man-eater won't be a simple task, or an inexpensive one. The attacks have occurred in the remote hill country of far western Nepal, bordering India and the Mahakali River. It would require flying domestic half-way from Kathmandu, then driving to the hill country, and finally hiking on foot to the hunt area. Rana says it will take at least four to five days just to get to base camp. He has set a rate of $30,000........(continued)