A leopardess aged around three was trapped in a village in H.D. Kote on Sunday night and released into the Anechowkur tiger buffer zone on Monday.
The wild cat had created a scare among residents of Jakkahalli village for the last two months.
It killed a calf a couple of days ago, following which the residents staged a protest demanding that the Forest Department capture the animal and provide compensation. Some thought it was a tiger, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mysore, D.S. Gaonkar said. But, the pug marks proved that the animal was not a tiger.
Taking out elephants to dart and capture it would have been risky as the area comprised large tracts of sugarcane fields, he said.
Two cages were kept in the village on Sunday night with some remains of the calf killed by the leopardess as bait. The animal fell into one of them. The leopardess was taken to the Anechowkur tiger buffer zone in the Periyapatna range of the Hunsur Forest Division later in the afternoon and released, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Hunsur, N.T. Vijayakumar, said. The animal was healthy, he added.