Monday, February 15, 2010

Cops on alert, leopard still on prowl

Cops on alert, leopard still on prowl
Times of India
Print Edition

The forest department in Junagadh district is leaving no stone unturned to catch the leopard that killed two women on Tuesday night in Ishwariya village in Veraval taluka of Junagadh district. However, five cages put up in the area since Tuesday night and continuous patrolling of the forest area have yielded no results yet.

"We have heard the leopard's growl and also spotted its foot-prints around the area. We have placed cages at different locations and hope to catch it soon," range forest officer KR Vaghasiya said.

According to Vaghasiya, about 50 such leopards have been reportedly spotted in and around Veraval range.

"In the last two and half years, we have caught about 32 leopards from various places after having received complaints from locals, mainly farmers, who alert us on a sighting. Once we catch the big cat, we free it into the Sasan jungle," Vaghasiya said.

However, no untoward incident was reported from Porbandar district on Wednesday evening. In this case, a leopard attacked a teenager in Godhana village in Porbandar district.

The victim was sent to a hospital in Porbandar.

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