Another full-grown male leopard (Panthera pardus) was caged at Jalan tea estate near AMCH in upper Assam Dibrugarh on Thursday morning.
This is the third leopard caged from Jalan tea estate within a month. The leopard has been creating a reign of terror in the area for the past many days.
“For past several days, the leopard was spotted regularly at the tea garden area. The leopard took away the domestic animals and sometimes killed them. This was the third leopard caged within a month,” said a local resident.
“We have seen the leopard many days in the tea garden area and the women working in the tea garden were afraid to pluck tea leaves due to the presence of the leopard. Today, the leopard was successfully trapped inside the iron cage,” said Binoti Tanti, a tea worker.
Meanwhile, the caged leopard was taken to Jokai reserve forest for release.
“After complaints from the tea garden management, we have placed an iron cage in the area to trap the animal. On Thursday morning at around 3 am the leopard was successfully caged. There are at least five leopards in the area and we caged three leopards so far,” said Pranjal Baruah, Dibrugarh forest ranger.
Baruah said, “Due to the shrinking of forest covers, the leopards come from the forest in search of food. Mostly, leopards take refuge in the tea garden areas or on the top of the trees,”.
On Wednesday, the Dibrugarh forest department failed to tranquilise a leopard at Lekai, Thakurthan area in Dibrugarh. The leopard was spotted by the tea garden workers at Lekai, Thakurthan area and they informed the forest official. A team of forest officials went and shot darts with tranquiliser but the leopard a while later ran away and vanished inside the forest.
On Wednesday, a leopard was caged at Haldibari Chetia Gaon in Khowang range in Dibrugarh.
Leopard is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because leopard populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and are declining in large parts of the global range.