The stray leopard which had been roaming in Palaspalli area was finally caught by the forest department officials on Wednesday around 3 AM near the cargo gate of the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar.
The forest officials on February 17 received information about the leopard’s movements near the airport area. The forest officials have since then laid CCTV cameras and had laid many traps to capture the wild leopard. The old road to the Bhubaneswar airport had since been remained closed.
The rescue team of the ‘Leopard operation’ swung to action with a cage, trapping net and tranquilizers.
The forest officials caught the leopard by setting up a cage trap with a hen inside it to lure the strayed animal into the cage.
The captured leopard was taken to the Nandankanan Zoological Park and was checked for treatment.
Later, as per National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) guidelines, the leopard was sent back to the Chandaka jungle safely, as said by Bhubaneswar city Divisional Forest officer (DFO) Ashok Mishra.
Earlier on January 18, CCTV footages of a big wild cart were seen roaming around the business establishments of the airport area. Thereafter fear have struck among the residents of the Palaspalli area.