Monday, February 08, 2021

No signs of leopard found in Hyderabad airport premises: Telangana state forest department

Hyderabad: The Telangana state forest department on Sunday issued a statement saying that no signs of leopard were found in the vicinity of Hyderabad international airport at Shamshabad.

The forest officials who set up 10 trap cameras and two trap cages with baits after a CCTV footage in which the animal’s movement was captured a few days ago, said that the cameras or the forest staff did not find any signs of a leopard in and around the airport premises.

The forest department officials were kept on tenterhooks for more than 20 days after CCTV footage in the premises showed a big cat roaming inside the airport area.

“After receiving complaints about leopards killing wild boars in the vicinity, we have also sent the carcasses of wild boars for analysis and found that they were killed by dogs. The footage from the camera traps also revealed only the presence of wild boars and dogs,” a senior forest official said.

“We suspect that the animal which was captured in the CCTV footage could be a Civet or some other jungle cat. We request the locals not to panic as there is no leopard in the area,” he added.

07/02/21 Moulika KV/Times of India

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