A leopard is said to be on the prowl in the extension area of Perambalur town, where early on Wednesday a goat was suspected to have been killed by the wild animal, which also attacked two calves.

The latest instance comes nearly a month after a leopard was trapped by forest department officials in Kavulpalayam area, a few kilometres away from the town. Fresh pug marks — one small and another big — spotted by villagers days after the capture of the leopard prompted the district administration to deploy two more cages and intensify patrolling in the region. After a pause, the movement of another leopard surfaced in the early hours of Wednesday, this time at Odachakulam, an extension area of Perambalur town, heightening anxiety and fear among public. A hillock is situated close to Odachakulam.

The predator attacked two calves tied along with cows in an open sty, causing injuries to them and killed a goat in the same spot, the District Forest Officer, G. Vadivel, told The Hindu . A local resident, who woke up on hearing the constant barking of a dog, went out with a torch, when the animal vanished from the spot, Mr. Vadivel said.

On being alerted, field-level forest officials inspected the spot and found pug marks, indicating an adult leopard, Mr. Vadivel said. As a sequel to the incident, forest officials have decided to shift the two cages – one close to the spot where fresh pug marks were noticed and the other a few metres away from the place where the calves and goat were attacked.