Maharashtra: Jalgaon forest officials ‘honey trapped’ leopard suspected of terrorising farmers

Jalgaon: Jalgaon forest officials successfully ‘honey trapped’ a leopard, which had been terrorising the farmers of Chaalisgaon, Jalgaon, on Friday. The leopard had been preying on their livestock and farmers were worried that they would be his next target.

The authorities had set up a cage to trap him but much to their annoyance, while he would walk around the trap, or perch on top of it, he would not walk into it. This had been going on for over a month. Finally, the authorities decided to tap into the leopard’s ‘basic instincts’.

Chaalisgaon forest officials ‘sourced’ female leopard urine from Siddharth Udyan in Aurangabad and sprayed the inside of the cage with it and placed the cage in the farm of Rajendra Patil from Vadgaon Lambe.  On Friday morning, their efforts met with success when the leopard finally walked into the cage. Forest officials confirmed that he would be safely released into the wild.

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