The man-eater panther which had created terror in Alirajpur district was finally caught by the rescue team of the forest department. The team was deployed in the area after three people were killed by the panther recently.
The forest department had set up several traps in the area. According to RS Sikarvar, DFO Alirajpur, the panther had killed around eight people in remote Jobat area of Alirajpur district.
The villages in Jobat had been living under the terror of the panther for a long time. The big cat was caught in a trap set at Naharchaja village, near Udaygadh.
"Trapping the man-eater was our top priority and more than 20 officers were involved in this operation," said RR Okhandiar, chief conservator of forest. Four traps were put up and a goat was used as bait for attracting the panther.
Forest officials said the place for shifting the panther would be decided only after some core test are performed on the panther. "We will first send him for medical examination and check-ups. We will also try and find out the reason for his aggressive behaviour. The results of these tests would decide the fate of the panther. He will either be sent to the Indore Zoo or will be released in the forest," added Okhandiar.