The wildlife department will procure 21 new tranquilizer guns and train its officials on how to use the device so as to protect leopards and other animals from being attacked by residents living near the Aravalli forest area.
The decision came after a couple of leopards that had strayed into residential areas were killed by villagers in Gurgaon and Faridabad.
A leopard was beaten to death after it entered a village in Faridabad while another leopard was shot dead in Mewat last year. A leopard had also strayed into a village in Bhondsi.
In the last ten years, the number of leopards in the Aravalli forest has reduced to six from 30. The guns will be procured by one of the three companies which have offered to supply the device.
“Three companies had responded to the tender floated by the department. The cost of the project will be approximately Rs 25 lakh,” chief wildlife conservator RK Sapra said.
The guns will be exported from abroad as they are not made in India. Once the department gets the device, all the forest and wildlife officials, including veterinary surgeons, will be trained for its usage.
These guns will enable officials to monitor the dose of tranquilzers, as required.