Bengaluru: A leopard has been seen around the Turahalli forest in Kengeri area of Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, causing panic in the surrounding areas. The leopard had hunted a deer, which is being searched by the forest department. The Forest Department has said that cages have been installed at possible places. The leopard was last seen two days ago near Turahalli forests in Kengeri area. According to SS Ravishankar, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bangalore City, “The department is on alert, this is a forest area and Bannerghatta National Park is nearby.”
Panic spread further in the surrounding areas when someone spread the rumor of having seen four leopards. According to the forest department, the corridor between Turahalli, spread over 519 acres, and the Minor Turahalli forest of almost the same size, six kilometers from the Bannerghatta National Park, is frequented by wildlife. It is feared that the leopard might have strayed from the forest.
leopard hunted deer
On Thursday, locals said that a half-eaten carcass of a spotted deer, suspected to have been killed by a leopard, was found at Kodipalya near Kengeri in Bengaluru South. KFD officials have asked people to be cautious while commuting. There is panic among parents of school going children due to fear of leopard.
In panic, people are afraid of sending children to school
The parents said that we bike on this road every day to drop our kids to school, but since we’ve seen reports of leopard sightings in the area, we don’t have a permit to travel in a car for safety reasons. There is no other option.
Bengaluru Urban Deputy Conservator of Forests SS Ravishankar said that people had complained of sighting a leopard in Turahalli forest area and since then forest personnel were patrolling the area to capture the animal. “We have information that there is one leopard, but people told that there are more than two. We are ascertaining the information and will give our report in a day or two,” Ravi Shankar was quoted as saying by PTI.
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