Lower than 24 hours after a leopard was noticed in an deserted manufacturing facility warehouse alongside the boundary of a residential complicated in Andheri (East), the animal was captured in one of many strategically-placed lure cages and launched again into the wild.
Forest officers stated it was an grownup male leopard aged round 4 years.
The animal was noticed near Kanakia Atrium-2 close to JB Nagar by safety workers on Sunday early morning, following which the police and forest division had been knowledgeable. Forest officers, then, arrange three lure cages within the 20-acre warehouse premises on Sunday.
“Early on Monday, the leopard was discovered trapped in one of many cages,” stated Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forest (Thane). “The animal was transported to the van parked close to the society and launched again into the wild on the Sanjay Gandhi Nationwide Park (SGNP) round 10am. Nevertheless, as per protocol, we can’t title the precise location the place the animal was launched,” he stated including, “A medical examination earlier than launch confirmed the animal was wholesome and match.”
The manufacturing facility warehouse has been mendacity deserted for over twenty years and there are a number of areas which are lined with dense vegetation the place the leopard might have hidden. “The animal prevented any motion throughout the day. However, it may need moved in the direction of the lure cages, the place a rooster was stored as bait, late at night time on Sunday or Monday early morning and acquired trapped,” stated Santosh Kank, vary forest officer (Mumbai).
Groups from SGNP, Thane forest vary and animal rescue teams had gathered on the spot after the incident was reported on Sunday.
Other than three lure cages, round 10-12 digital camera traps had been positioned to trace the animal’s motion. Two forest guards and some police personnel had been deployed on the residential complicated in a bid to limit motion of the general public.
In April 2019, a leopard was rescued after a three-hour operation following its entry right into a residential space in Marol, Andheri (East). At the very least six leopards have been rescued from residential areas within the densely-populated Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) since 2017. SGNP and its surrounding areas, together with Aarey Colony, are house to an estimated 47 leopards.