STORY: A wild leopard was captured by the forest officials in eastern Indian town of Siliguri on Tuesday (May 08).
The leopard had strayed in to Sevoke Road area and had been spotted by a local resident, who then informed the forest department. Forest officials then set up a trap to capture the leopard.
Divisional Forest Officer, Uma Rani, said that the leopard would be handed over to the wildlife squad and then released into the forest. Incidents of such wild animals sauntering in to human settlements are a common phenomenon in Siliguri. They do in order to search of food.
India’s big cats are under threat, with increasing number of the spotted feline beauties being poached for their hide and other body parts. On the other hand, depletion of their habitat has threatened the leopards, forcing them to stray into human settlements and often getting killed in return.