Indore: Reports of a leopard sighting in Navda Panth village on outskirts of the city mobilized the forest department’s rescue team on Monday who reached the spot to verify claims of the big cat in the region.
However, the forest department and Chandan Nagar police teams were unable to trace the animal in the area and also did not find any conclusive pugmarks.
Eyewitnesses claimed that three leopards were roaming in the area for the past two days.
The area where sightings were reported is along the Indore- Ahmedabad highway. The population of Navda Panth is not above 400. The area mostly has agricultural fields, a power grid, some warehouses etc. Being a sparsely populated area, there are ample spaces for a leopard to come in, leave and hide.
“I was at my house which is near the power grid last night around 10 pm when the official at power grid called me and asked me to close my door as there was a leopard in the area. I closed the door and fifteen minutes later could hear the leopard roaring outside my house. I also saw leopard’s pugmarks outside my door,” Kashiram, a resident of the area said.
Meanwhile, forest department officials including ranger Khurshid Khan and deputy ranger Rajesh Nagwade on reaching the location checked for pugmarks in the surrounding areas.
“The pugmarks we saw could have been that of a leopard, but due to many other footprints and dryness of land, the same could not be confirmed. There were a few sightings reported from the locals. However, the accounts by them also vary,” SDO Indore Alvin Burman said.
The forest team will continue keeping a watch in the area for the next few days and will also keep stock of the cattle and strays to check if any dead animals are found in the coming days. If a substantial report of the leopard is received, trap cameras will be set up in the region.
Date: 01 Jan 2019