Leopard trapped, jumbo electrocuted

Animals continue to be caught in the crossfire

July 14, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:58 am IST - MYSURU:

A leopard was trapped at Varakodu near Nanjangud while an elephant was found electrocuted near Periyapatna on Tuesday evening.

The leopard was around two years old and had come close to an industrial area when it was spotted by locals. They contacted the Forest Department, who placed a cage with live bait 10 days ago. The leopard fell into the trap on Tuesday and was released into Moolehole range of BNP on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the elephant was electrocuted in Chokhi village in Periyapatna. It is said to be a 50-year-old male. It came in contact with a live power line illegally drawn from an HV cable to keep animals at bay. Assistant Conservator of Forests Prasanna Kumar said the village is hardly 300 metres from Anechokur forest. A case has been registered against the farm owner, Gangadhar, and his son Lokesh.

Incidentally, five elephants have died in the Mysuru-Kodagu region in the last few days. Three elephants were found dead in different parts of the region two weeks ago, while another was found electrocuted in a coffee estate in Somwarpet taluk three days ago.

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