Ramanagara, May 17 : Karnataka Forest Department has launched a massive hunt to capture a leopard which has killed two villagers in Magadi area here, officials said on Sunday. "Cameras and cages have been set up to capture the wild animal," officials said. Firstly, a 62-year-old lady Gangamma, who was sleeping in front of her house, was mauled to death by the animal.
“The leopard had dragged her body to the nearby fields spotted on Saturday morning," villagers said. Similarly, a three-year-old boy was also killed by a leopard at Kadirana Palya in Magadi taluk. Though the forest officials captured one leopard on Wednesday it was not sure that it was the same leopard that killed the boy and woman. The department had kept six cages around the village to trap the leopard. Six special squads were formed and deployed to track and capture it. The Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka on Saturday issued an advisory appealing to the local villagers to be calm until the officials trap the leopard. The PCCF (Wildlife) has appealed to the public not to step out alone after 1800 hrs. “Villagers must avoid open defecation and always stand in the field when they step out to take livestock for grazing besides locking them up in cattle-pen after 6:00 pm," the order said.
"The villagers have been asked to report to the forest officials if they spot a leopard in their vicinity,” the advisory said. The officials have also apprised villagers to alert the forest helpline— 1926 in case of any emergency or sighting of leopards near the village areas. (UNI)