Pugmarks of leopards found in Aravalli hills
The farmers of village Teekli have traced pugmarks of a female leopard and her cub in their green fields in Aravalli Hills, reports SK Ahuja.Updated: Apr 02, 2008 03:11 IST
The farmers of village Teekli have finally traced about two dozens pugmarks of a female leopard and her cub in their green fields in the lap of Aravalli Hills. Two farmer brothers, who had heard the roaring of the leopard two days ago, were shocked to see about 25 clearly visible pugmarks of a grown up leopard and a cub in the marshy patch of their farmland on Saturday morning.
Earlier on March 8 also, a fully-grown up male leopard was trapped in an iron cage on the Aravalli Hills of Sohna about 18 km from village Teekli. Teekli and Sohna are interconnected through the chain of Aravalli Hills. In a report carried in HT on February 7, expressing the apprehension of the villagers on the presence of wild animals - tiger -in the Aravalli Hills has proved to be true.
The wild life department officials, who have not ruled out the possibility of the presence of more leopards in the greens of Aravalli Hills, said that it was difficult to confirm their presence after only a scientific study of these pugmarks.
The female leopard and her cub are said to have been distracted from the male leopard, who was trapped in an iron cage, endorsed the suspicion of the security guards of the Golden Heights Farmhouse region of Aravalli Hills in Sohna, where one male leopard was trapped.
Chinta Ram a farmer of village Teekli said that he cultivated his farmland on Friday evening leaving the water supply unchecked.
“Today morning at 8.00 am when I reached my farmland I was shocked to see about two dozens pugmarks of a grown-up leopard and a cub in the marshy patch. These pugmarks are quite visible and very sound as the place was quite muddy even in the morning. I have been chasing leopards in the Aravalli Hills ever since my childhood and I can very well identify the pugmarks of leopards,” said Chita Ram who is a former senior demonstrator official of the Delhi College of Engineering.
He said that it was on Thursday night at about 1.00 am when he heard the roaring of the Leopard while he was asleep in the fields. “I got frightened and rushed to my brother Suraj Bhan, who was sleeping in his fields. Both of us heard the roars that stopped immediately after we started talking,” he added.