NAVI MUMBAI: A leopard was found trapped in a ‘jaw trap’ set up by poachers in Jeur Haibati village located in Ahmednagar district. The feline’s left forelimb was caught in the lethal hunting device and was rescued by Wildlife SOS and the forest department. The injured leopard, a 3-year old male, is currently under medical care at a transit facility.
On Thursday, the rescue team got a call at its Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, Junnar, from the forest department about a leopard caught in a deadly jaw trap.
Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, a four-member team from the NGO rushed to the location with safety nets, restraining equipment and a trap cage in hand.
The leopard’s left forelimb was caught in the steel-jaw trap and in its attempt to break free of the painful leg-hold, started running amok in the neighboring agricultural field. In the meantime, hundreds of curious onlookers had gathered around the field.
Veterinarian Dr. Ajay Deshmukh carefully immobilized the big cat, using a sedative injection from a safe distance. Once the team had administered the drug, they carefully removed the lethal jaw trap from the entrapped forelimb.
The rescue mission lasted several hours after which the leopard was carefully transported to a forest department base for observation prior to release.
Range forest officer B V Shinde said in the past, wild animals in conflict situations have been similarly rescued. “The forest department will be investigating this matter,” he said.