Hyderabad: Forest officials, on 10 October, finally managed to trap the leopard that had been on the prowl in the Rajendranagar area here for the past six months. The animal has been shifted to Nehru Zoo in the city. Later, it will be released into the forest, said forest officials.

A video of the leopard chasing humans and dogs had gone viral on 14 May, creating panic among the resident of Rajendranagar in the city. The leopard had also killed three calves, the officials said.

On Saturday night, forest officials set up a cage in the area where the leopard had killed a calf behind the Water and Land Management Training and Research Institute. The unsuspecting animal walked into the trap.

 

A forest official of Shamsabad said the leopard had not harmed any humans. “A leopard attacks humans only if it senses danger. The leopard was prowling in this area as it was able to find animals for food.”

The official also said that it was hard to capture the leopard in the open area. “We cannot tranquillize the animal in an open space. We also compensated the owners of the calves that were killed by the animal,” added the official.

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