Forest Officials keep watch for 'stray' leopard
Though the villagers of Chinnar in Veppanthattai Taluk in this district claimed to have sighted a stray leopard in their village, the forest Department officials, who fanned the area, said they found no evidence or pug marks of the wild animal anywhere in the vicinity.
Nevertheless, officials have asked villagers to alert them in case they sight any wild animal and were keeping a watch.
Forest Department sources here today said that they received information about reported sighting of a leopard by a villager at Chinnar where nets had been laid to catch fishes from a water body.
Acting on the information, a team of field-level officials conducted checks in and around the spot for the last two days in search of evidences and pug marks. In case of any intrusion or movement of a carnivore, there would definitely be some kind of an indication such as an attack on domestic animals or deer. In this case, there were no such indication, the sources added.
During September last year, the forest officials trapped a stray leopard in the forest area along the Perambalur-Ariyalur Highway, near Kavulpalayam, near here.
(Posted on 29-04-2014)