Tuesday, 2 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Leopard trapped; nights of terror end

Operation to catch the big cat, which had prowled the periphery of the city scaring residents, was launched a month ago

For the residents in the area hemmed in by Tumkur Road, Magadi Road and Nice Road on the periphery of the city, it was a curfew spanning more than a month. An adult leopard paid regular nocturnal visits to the area and had — from the time it was first spotted in early July — killed a calf, three goats, three dogs and a sheep. The wild carnivore had kept residents indoors after dark, a self-imposed curfew that was strictly obeyed.

On Friday that curfew was lifted when the leopard, a magnificent animal in its prime, was finally trapped by forest officials. It ended more than a month of restless, fearful nights for residents and days of worrying for forest officials. The big cat was caught close to Dasanpura off Tumkur Road next to Jindal Nature in the wee hours of Friday.

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