Saturday, Jan 18, 2014, 9:39 IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
A male leopard was trapped at Khadakpada area of Aarey Colony early on Friday. It was the very place from where a four-year-old girl was taken away by a leopard in October 2013. Forest officials, who reached the spot around 6.30am, said the animal is around two and half years old.
Animal expert Krishna Tiwari said the trap was activated by locals a few days ago after they sighted a leopard a number of times.
“They claimed that they had been seeing a big leopard in the area for the past few days, but this one is smaller in size. They activated the trap on their own. This type of venture should
be taken under scientific supervision and it can be very dangerous,” Tiwari said.
There were six such incidents between July 2012 and January 2014. “Aarey Colony has seen some of the worst man-animal conflict and leopards have been inhabitants of the area for a very long time. There has been a surge in such incidents due to human encroachment,” said Tiwari.
He added that translocation of leopards can never solve the problem and sometimes incidents have cropped up in relatively peaceful areas due to the confusion caused by translocation.
The main reason why leopards hover near human settlements is easy prey in the form of dogs and rodents.