A panther killed a pig near the Bhadbhada Bridge, adjacent to the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), late on Friday night. The forest department has placed a cage to trap the panther.
Assistant director, Van Vihar National Park, SK Waghmare said that they received information around 10pm on Friday night that a panther had attacked a domesticated pig near the forest department nursery at Bhadbhada. The pig squealed when it was attacked, after which, local people raised an alarm. The panther fled from the spot, leaving the dead pig behind. Earlier, the panther had also attacked a dog owned by the forest department's watchman. At about 4am the panther returned and took the dead pig along.
On Saturday morning, a team from the forest department again reached the spot and placed a cage to trap the panther. Sources, however, said that it is unlikely that the panther would return before the next two days as it has managed to make a kill, which would suffice as food for the period. Some local people also said that the animal, that attacked the pig, could be a tiger but the forest department officials said that it was unlikely given the small
size of the pig it killed, and the fact that it fled from the spot without its prey.