A leopard which had been stalking and preying on cattle in the interior parts of Atmakur mandal was caught by the Forest Department officials, here on Wednesday.
Following complaints by villagers that their sheep were being killed by wild animals, forest officials lay a trap by placing a sheep in a cage.
In the wee hours of Wednesday near Kothagattu village on the outskirts of Hanamkonda, the animal was caught. Soon after it realised it was trapped, the leopard tried to escape by biting on the bone and lost two of its teeth. Forest officials, led by Divisional Forest Officer (wildlife) Ch. Ganga Reddy, rangers Raja Rao and Venugopala Chary, accompanied by veterinary doctor Praveen visited the spot.
Though forest officials initially decided to leave the animal into the forests of Tadwai mandal in Warangal district, they later decided to shift it to Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on seeing the injury to the leopard’s teeth.
The general health of the leopard is normal.