Female Leopard trapped at Samangaon
NASHIK: The forest department has successfully trapped a female leopard at Samangaon, Chadegaon Shivar on Sunday. The forest department had set up a trap for leopard in nearby farmland. The locals crowded the place as soon as they heard that the leopard is trapped. The villagers gathered in large numbers to see the leopard in the cage.
The villagers had complained the forest department about regular sightings of the leopard in the area. About a week ago the department had trapped another leopard in the area.
After that, another sighting happened. Accordingly, the department set up another trap in the farm of Mangesh Wagh. The leopard got trapped in midnight and the forest officials immediately visited the place.
The Assistant Conservator of Forest, Rajendra Magdum, informed, “We have trapped the female leopard in Chadgaon Shivar. We received frequent complains about sightings of leopards. Accordingly, we set up a trap in nearby farmland and catch the leopard.
“We will conduct a medical check-up on the leopard. After that, she will be released in her natural habitat. We faced problems due to the crowding of people near the place. The behaviour of people towards the animal is not at all supportive”, expressed Magdum.
Leopard Sightings in District
The Forest officials told “The area near Sula Wines, Sinnar- Ghoti Shivar, Shinde-Palse Shivar, Godavari river isolated area have been hotspot for leopard sighting. The leopard is very adaptive animal of nature. He can very well adjust with his surroundings. He is also very unpredictable animal and human should not interfere in his habitat. The human settlements have already left and have destroyed the habitat of the leopard. The animal has adjusted himself, the problem is we human, we have to adjust.”
– DCF, Nashik West Zone, Shivaji Phule