NASHIK: Due to the frequent movement of leopards in Wadner Dumala’s Range Road area, the residents have demanded the forest department to set up a cage to trap leopards and provide them relief. The free movement of leopards in the Range Road area has instilled fear among residents. Along with the Darna River, the leopards’ presence is escalating in Vadner Dumala, a locality adjacent to Valdevi River.
Nitin Porje, farmer, stated that he has repeatedly spotted leopards’ footprints in his sugarcane field on the Range Road area. Farmers and citizens are afraid of their presence, and thus, have restricted their movement. As sugarcane harvest is in progress, the leopards step out of the fields and roam around villages. As footprints verify the presence, the forest department needs to put up the cage and trap leopards. Nitin Porje, Sagar Porje, Prakash Porje, Ramesh Porje, and other local farmers have demanded immediate cage set up at Nitin’s field.
Leopard killed by unidentified vehicles The incident took place this morning when a leopard was killed in a collision with an unidentified vehicle on Pune highway near Nashik Sinnar road. Upon learning of the incident, the forest department officials have taken the leopard’s body into custody. Leopards are frequently sighted in the district. The wildlife is flourishing in the district, but the development works are becoming the worst enemies of these wild animals.
Two days ago, a leopard had appeared at Kasarwadi in the eastern part of Sinnar taluka. The matter was later reported to the forest department. The Forest Department had set up a cage in the area. The incident took place this morning while the search for the leopard was underway. According to the Forest Department, a leopard was killed on the Nashik-Pune highway bypass road near Bhojne Farm in Manegaon Shivara.
The accident happened this morning. Forest department personnel rushed to the spot after getting information about the accident. The team found the leopard lying dead. They took the body of the leopard into their custody and took it for autopsy.