The leopard which was spotted in November at the Yamuna Biodiversity Park was caught early Saturday morning.
AK Shukla, chief wildlife warden, told HT that the male leopard was caught in the cage placed right outside the biodiversity park near the Yamuna river, where patches of land have been cultivated by locals.
“The aim was not to catch the animal when it is in the forest. When he came outside the forest is when he was taken into the cage. This was his regular movement. No force was used,” he said.
Shukla also said that in the past few days the animal had changed its territory. The camera traps and the cage location had to be changed according to its movement.
When the animal was caught, its belly was empty.
“He will now be taken to the Delhi zoo where his blood and excreata will be tested to ascertain his health. After that we will decide where it can be taken,” Shukla said.
The animal was first captured on camera on November 21, after verifying that the animal had been living in the biodiversity park.