Haryana: Leopard caught in Palwal, released in Nuh Aravalis | Gurgaon News

GURUGRAM: The Haryana wildlife department used a goat as bait to trap a leopard that had been prowling in Palwal’s Hodal area for the last one week. The five-year-old male leopard was nabbed late on Wednesday night and released into the Aravalis in Nuh’s Jhir on Thursday night after a medical examination.
The leopard had been spotted by several villagers in Hodal, who then approached the wildlife department. A video of the sighting was also circulated widely on social media.
According to the department, a team of six wildlife officers was formed and a trap was laid with a goat inside a cage. The team surveyed the area and increased surveillance.
Officials said the team went to the area for several days to capture the leopard before they were finally successful on Wednesday.”The leopard walked into the cage where the goat was placed as bait late in the night. This is the safest method to trap a leopard. The animal is healthy, and we will release it on Thursday night into the Aravalis,” said Rajender Prasad Dangi, the Gurgaon divisional wildlife officer. It was safely and swiftly rescued without any injury or man-animal conflict, he added. “Villagers were worried and panicking for the last few days fearing an attack. Our team was constantly monitoring the area,” Dangi further said. The cage used to trap the leopard had separate compartments for the big cat and the goat, so the herbivore was unharmed, he said.
The wildlife department had also issued an advisory in the interest of residents that they take precautions and not leave children unattended. Villagers had also complained of attacks on some animals by the leopard.
The wildlife officer said the area is an ideal habitat for the leopard, as it has easy availability of prey.
“A temple is nearby, where a lot of monkeys and dogs live, making it an ideal location for the leopard to hunt,” said Dangi.
Such incidents are common in the region as wildlife venture outside their territory in search of food and water, officials said. The number of human-wildlife conflict incidents has gone up during the last decade. Forest cover is also declining because of pressure from unchecked fuel-wood collection and grazing. A Wildlife Institute India (WII) report in 2017 had categorically pointed out that the south Haryana Aravali belt is a rich leopard habitat and an abundance of wildlife is thriving in this part of the Aravalis.

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