Officials of the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) trapped a male panther aged about four years near Valparai, tranquilised and relocated it to a suitable habitat.
On January 10, Mugeswaran (5), who was playing near his house in Thonimudi estates of Valparai, was attacked and killed by a panther.
Following this, forest officials and tribal people kept a watch on the movement of the carnivore.
On instructions from Chief Wildlife Warden R. Sundarrajan, Field Director of ATR H. Basuvaraju deputed a team. The team led by Forest Veterinarian N.S. Manoharan and Range Officer of Monomboly Range Xavier laid a trap with bait near the Thonimudi estates.
On January 17th night within two hours, the panther fell into the trap.
It was immediately tranquilised by Dr. Manoharan. On Monday, the panther was shifted to Punganodai area in Amaravathy range of ATR, identified as an ideal habitat, and released there.. Dr. Manoharan said it would be able to adapt to probe the area soon.