Experts from Lucknow and Kanpur on Wednesday finally caught the leopard which entered Sonpur village in Mirzapur and kept the villagers on tenterhooks for nearly 24 hours.
The animal was tranquilised at 7pm and caged after it tried to come out of the house in which it was holed up since Tuesday evening.
The experts said leopards usually come out in search of water and prey in the evening. So, the experts waited for the animal and captured it when it tried to move out of the house.
Divisional forest officer KK Pandey said the leopard would be released in a forest in Madhya Pradesh.
The leopard had strayed into the village on Tuesday morning but went back to the forest later only to return in the evening and enter the house of a villager.
The forest department and district administration used a goat as bait but in vain. The operation was halted late Tuesday night. After the villagers spent a sleepless night, the exercise to catch the animal resumed on Wednesday morning.
With their efforts failing to bear fruit, the administration called experts from Lucknow and Kanpur. The teams reached the village in the evening and caught the animal.