Adult leopard captured near Siliguri
BY SILIGURI TIMES CORRESPONDENT
SILIGURI: A leopard was captured by forest personnel early today morning in the Leesh River Tea Garden area under Malbazar sub-division in Jalpaiguri district.
The adult female leopard had camped since the past few days in the tea garden area, located about 42 kms away from Siliguri. The presence of an adult leopard had created fear and panic amongst the locals, with locals staying indoors after dark.
The leopard had been preying on domesticated foul and farm animals. Fearing safety, the locals informed the forest department officials as several big cats were recovered from the area earlier.
Foresters laid down a cage in a densely forested Section 14 area near the tea garden to catch the leopard. Early today morning the leopard was found trapped inside the cage. However, foresters also found its teeth next to the big cat. Upon investigations it was found the big cat had attempted to escape from the cage. During its attempt to chew its way out of the cage, it is likely the leopard lost its teeth.
The captured leopard will be released at Gorumara National Park in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. However, tea garden labors informed there could be around five more leopards in the area.
According to foresters, six leopards have been captured from the Leesh River Tea Garden area in the past one year.