Tuesday, December 08, 2009

India: ELUSIVE LEOPARD TRAPPED

Mysore, Dec. 8 (KCU&HN)- A leopard, which was reportedly dodging residents for the last two months at last got trapped in a cage laid by the Forest Department at Devegowdanahundi (near Siddaramaiyanahundi) in the taluk here early this morning.

The elusive leopard was learnt to have gobbled over 15 sheep in recent times and the residents had been repeatedly pleading with the Forest Department officials to trap the animal. They were apprehensive to lose a few human lives too.

Heeding to the request, Forest Department had set up a cage with a dog tied within as a bait two months ago near the said place. The result was not encouraging all through the long wait and in the bargain the poor dog too had turned into a carcass starving all through.

The residents of nearby villages were in for a surprise at about 6 am today when they found the leopard in the cage which had successfully outwitted the Forest officials and remained elusive for so long.

On learning about the news, about 5000 villagers gathered at the spot to have a look at the leopard.

Forest officers A.R. Basavaraj, Puttaraj, Shivaram, Lingaraj and Ankaiah visited the spot and were making arrangements to shift the leopard to the DCF's office in Nanjangud. According to them, a decision will be taken there regarding shifting of the animal to a proper forest region.

http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=22778

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