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Leopard still untraceable, scare continues

india Updated: Feb 27, 2014 18:53 IST

The fear of leopard is still haunting people even four days after it escaped during a late Sunday night rescue operation.

The animal that is untraceable despite officials of forest department making all possible efforts to locate it. But scare of the animal is palpable as people are even relating natural death of dogs to possible attacks of the leopard.

Officials of the forest department received a call from residents of Topkhana area on Thursday morning in which scared people informed about the death of a dog under suspicious condition.

“We received a call and immediately after that a team of three veterinary doctors was formed to carry out post mortem of the dog in order to ascertain the reason behind its death”, said divisional forest officer ( DFO) Sushant Sharma adding "the post mortem report confirmed that dog died of pneumonia."

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The animal's mysterious disappearance is still a matter of great concern and discussion among people as many of them believe that it is hiding in the city and will reemerge. The forest officials , however, believe that it might have moved out taking safe passage of a drain which passes close to the Sadar area where it was spotted first on Sunday afternoon and thereafter escaped during a rescue operation in Cantonment Hospital where it was locked up in a room when it strayed in on Sunday.

In past two days, there have been many false calls to officials about finding of leopard pug marks.

As dogs are favorite prey of leopard hence many people are keeping close vigil on the activities of dogs as possible indication to observe the presence of the animal in their vicinity.

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Meanwhile, an interim compensation has been given to four persons who had sustained minor injuries in the attack of Leopard and a detailed report about the incident has also been sent to the state government.

In wake of frequent sighting of leopard at different locations of the district and their conflict with villagers, the DFO office has decided to send a detail proposal and plan to the state government to put an effective check and control on possible incidents of man-animal conflict in the area. “I will do the task once the issue of leopard get settled,” said the DFO.

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