BHUBANESWAR: The forest department on Tuesday installed three cages at three vantage points close to the old administrative building of the Biju Patnaik International Airport, near the residence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, to trap the leopard that has strayed into the area.
After the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel confirmed the leopard’s presence in a specific area, the forest department also installed as many as 10 camera traps to keep tabs on the animal’s movement.
“Based on the eyewitness account of the CISF guards and other personnel, we have installed the camera traps around the old administrative building, which is now the cargo handling hub. There are tall trees and bushy patches. The animal is suspected to have hidden somewhere near the airport,” said divisional forest officer (Chandaka wildlife sanctuary) Kedar Kumar Swain.
On Sunday night, the leopard was spotted by the CCTV camera of a house while entering the building by scaling the boundary wall. It was later seen crossing the wall of the airport.
Divisional forest officer (city division) Ashok Mishra said a bait would be planted to entice the animal. “We are equipped with huge nets to trap the animal in case it tries to run away after being spotted,” said Mishra.
The forest department has dropped the idea of tranquilisation. In the morning, three teams, including one from the Orissa University of Agriculture Technology, had come to tranquillise the leopard.
Earlier, too, wild animals had been captured from inside the operational area of the airport.