Times of India
- A leopard that strayed into a Goregaon colony was released into Borivli habitat after medical check-up
- A microchip was inserted to track the beast’s future movements
- Wildlife activists raised voice against trapping of leopards
Chief conservator of forests (Thane), KP Singh, said that the leopard had been released after a doctor declared it fit to be released into the wild in its home range. The leopard was trapped at Mathai Pada on Friday after local residents complained of repeated sightings.
The leopard was moved to Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, where it underwent a medical check-up. Also, a microchip was inserted to help officials track the big cat’s future movements.
The trapping has, however, drawn flak from animal activists. “The mere sighting of a leopard should not be the reason for trapping the animal,” said Stalin D, director of Project Vanashakti, an NGO. “There was no conflict or harm caused. The trap was absolutely uncalled for. Animals have their home range in and around the area.”