A farmer, Mr Balraj, said that he had tied the animal in the field on Friday night. On Saturday early hours he saw the animal lying in the pool of blood. He informed the villagers and forest officials about the incident. The pug marks that were in a spot were identified as that of a leopard by the forest officials.
The leopard has been straying into the city outskirts particularly near Outer Ring Road. Ramdaspally is located in between Mangalapally reserve forest and Ibrahimpatnam reserve forest.
Though forest officials set up five cages in the place with the bait to seize in the leopard, it managed to attack its prey.
There were also two teams of people in search of it, and the officials are using the urine of female leopard collected from the zoo to trap it in the cages. The male leopard gets attracted to the scent found in the urine of female leopard.
Recently forest officials translocated about 50 deer from Nehru Zoological park to the nearby forest area. Translocation was done to increase prey base in its habitat so that the predator won’t enter the human localities.
Despite the regular searches and traps laid, earlier this Tuesday too about two cattle were attacked in Gudithanda of Madgul Mandal. Forest department said that the owners of the cattle killed by the wild animals would get compensation after the veterinary doctor’s certification.