By G Veeresh
Another wildlife death this week and this time, a big cat was snared in Chikkamagaluru. Despite best efforts by forest officials, a leopard that was trapped in a snare in Kadur territorial range of Chikkamagaluru forest division, died on Tuesday morning.
The male leopard about 6 to7 years old died was caught in a snare that was installed by a farmer to trap wild pigs. The incident occurred in the wee hours at a mango farm near Devarahalli village near Birur.
District forest officer Kumar, RFO Palakasha and other staff visited the incident spot and made efforts to save the leopard from the threaded snare. But alas! The big cat struggled for four hours but did not survive the deadly snare.
By the time, Dr Vinay and his team from Shimoga Lion Safari arrived with tranquilisers, the leopard had succumbed.
It was early morning that villagers noticed a leopard trapped in a snare and immediately informed the forest officials. Officials made all efforts to revive the adult leopard but could not save the animal. After the postmortem procedure, the leopard carcass was cremated as per protocol. Further, forest officials booked a case against farm owner Satish who had reportedly set up the snare on Monday.
Meanwhile, activists expressed concern on the increasing incidents of leopard being caught and trapped in snares set up by farmers in their agricultural fields. They further said, “Snares were becoming the deadliest threat to big cats in Western Ghats and so we demand action by the concerned authorities including regular combing operations in sensitive areas where big cat movements are frequent.”