Saturday, September 30, 2006

India: Leopard trapped; freed in forest

Saturday September 30 2006 13:46 IST

SULTHAN BATHERY: The leopard trapped by Forest Department officials on Thursday night at Sasimala near Pulppalli was freed at Muthappankolly forests of the Muthanga Range in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday.

The six-year-old female leopard was caught in the trap at around 8.30 p.m.

The local people intimated this to the Forest team that was camping in the area.

It is to be recalled that a resident of Sasimala was attacked by a leopard a few days back. Since then people here has been living in fear. It was suspected that more leopards are still roaming in the area.

One more trap will be laid for leopards in the region, the forest officials said.

The leopard was freed in the forest by range officers A K Gopalan and Radhakrishnalal, deputy ranger K R Thomas and forest officers Somasekharapilla and Rajeevan.

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp? ID=IER20060930032510&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0

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