Leopard enters residential area, injures six. Panic and chaos loomed large, after a male leopard was spotted and caught in a residential area in Jalandhar on Wednesday afternoon. Till the filing of the report, the rescue operation was still going on. Though the big cat was almost caught successfully by the Wild Life team in the afternoon, the local residents hindered the rescue operation. The leopard injured six persons, including a Wild Life team member in its attempt to escape the melee.
Shockingly, despite repeated pleas by the rescue team, people kept hitting the leopard with bricks, stones and shouted at him, leading to further trouble. The residents remained atop their houses and kept garnering the leopard’s attention to make videos and post it on social media, hence leading to delay in the rescue operation.District Forest Officer Khushwinder Singh said, “We had successfully tranquillized the leopard at around 4 pm but continuous noise and shouts kept the wild cat awake. Not only it fled from the net but also attacked two people, which came in his way.”
Principal Chief Conservator Forests Kuldeep Kumar said that as of now the leopard was cornered in a house in the locality. “A team of veterinarians from Chattbir Zoo had left for Jalandhar, who would sedate the leopard and rescue him. They have also taken a cage along to catch the big cat”, he said.The Principal Chief Conservator Forests also said that the veterinarians would conduct an inspection of the leopard and then decide the next course of action. He also said that the leopard must have strayed from some forest area in the region. Meanwhile, Paramjit Kaur, a resident in whose house the leopard was first spotted said that she was standing along with her daughter in the courtyard, when they noticed the leopard. “Before we could understand anything, it entered inside the house and then fled. Shocked and terrified, we didn’t go out of the house at all but by that time the residents had come out of their houses shouting that a leopard has entered the area”, she said.
Nikhil Sanger, an honorary wild life warden from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, who was also an expert in wild life rescue operations said, “It was usually seen that during winters, leopards and other wild animals find a safe hiding place in sugarcane fields. As these days, sugarcane harvesting was going on, the leopard strayed into the city area. Sanger also said that the leopard was trying to save himself but people played havoc in his rescue operation.
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