Villagers beat a leopard to death after their complaints about it to forestry officials fell on deaf ears.
The leopard was said to have injured four people in Dilari in the Moradabad district of northern Indian state Uttar Pradesh.
The injuries came after villagers had already told the local forestry department that the animal was becoming a threat to people’s safety but seen no action taken.
An unnamed local resident said told Indian media: "Some villagers went to the jungle, to cut trees and bushes. A leopard attacked them on the way. Then they beat the beast to the death."
Police officer Ashok Sharma said a First Information Report, which begins legal proceedings in India, would be made against the villagers who killed the leopard.
He said: "Forestry department officials are probing the case. We will file an FIR according to their report."
Leopards (Panthera pardus) and other wild animals in India often come into conflict with people due to the increasing human population taking up more and more land that used to be their habitat.
The animal killed in Dilari is thought to be an Indian leopard (P. pardus fusca), one of five subspecies.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists leopards as vulnerable on its Red List.