‘Man-eater of Bahraich’ caught using infrared drones

  • | Tuesday | 28th November, 2023

Lucknow: After a four-month pursuit involving infrared drones, multiple teams, cameras and nets, a forest department team on Sunday successfully captured a leopard allegedly responsible for the deaths of five persons and injuries to a dozen others in Bahraich district.The leopard, a healthy 10-month-old male, has been trappedin a cage in Loniyanpurwa village, located on the border of Motipur range of Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) and the Nanpara range of the Bahraich forest division.The teams spotted the feline using infrared drones, said divisional forest officer, Bahraich, Akashdeep Badhawan.He said the teams used to wait for 18 hours a day in search of the feline and IR-based drones were used by another team to trace the pugmarks and the predators movements. We spotted the pugmarks using the drones and then trailed it using traditional methods, he said.Elephants from KWS were deployed to comb the area, and cages were installed at strategic locations.Veterinary expert Daya Shankar from Dudhwa Tiger Reserve examined the leopard and said it was a healthy male.Forest officials are currently working on the necessary formalities and arrangements to transport the leopard to Lucknow Zoo or some other suitable location.Forest officials added that the trap team and drones are keeping an eye in the area as one more leopard and her two cubs are on the prowl.We also published the following articles recentlyIn Bahraich, forest dept to use jumbo poo to repel leopardsIn response to deadly leopard attacks in Bahraich, the forest department is using elephant dung to deter the predators. Animal excreta serves as a territorial marker and deterrent to intruders. The pungent odour of elephant dung is unpleasant for leopards and can keep them away. This strategy will be implemented in the worst affected Shivpur block, initially in two villages. Elephant dung cakes are being distributed to villagers, who will burn them. The forest department is also increasing patrols, installing camera traps, and educating villagers about leopard behavior.US intercepts multiple attack drones launched from Yemen: PentagonA US warship, the USS Thomas Hudner, intercepted multiple attack drones launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen in the Red Sea. The ship and crew sustained no damage or injury. The Houthi rebels, part of Irans allies and proxies, have been launching drones and missiles towards Israel. They have also threatened to target Israeli shipping. Recently, the rebels seized an Israel-linked cargo vessel and its international crew, which has been condemned as a flagrant violation of international law.

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