Following leopard attacks,forest officials lay traps

Following two incidents of leopard attack in Aarey Colony within a span of 12 hours Tuesday,Thane forest officials set up traps near Picnic Garden area here.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: October 3, 2013 2:17:01 am

Following two incidents of leopard attack in Aarey Colony within a span of 12 hours Tuesday,Thane forest officials set up traps near Picnic Garden area here. While a trap was laid late Tuesday night near the spot where a four-year-old was killed,another was laid Wednesday where an 11-year-old boy was attacked.

While four-year-old Hiya Mhase succumbed to her injuries,Sunil Rajesh Bhawar suffered injuries on his leg and thigh. He was rushed to Mukund hospital and was later discharged. “He is out of danger,” said Wilson Mhase,a resident of Aarey Colony.

Mahesh Lal from Thane forest control room confirmed,“The officers have placed two traps after residents complained.”

While the traps have helped calm the agitated residents,wildlife experts have reservations about it. Sanjay Gandhi National Park’s chief conservator of forest Sunil Limaye said,“Trapping cannot be a solution. If a leopard falls in the trap,it will probably be relocated two km away,” he said. There are times when trapping a leopard can make the animal more aggressive,the expert added.

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