Child-killer leopard caught in Mumbai's Film City

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  • | Thursday | 14th September, 2017

July 22: Two-year-old Vihaan Nilesh Garuda, son of an SGNP staff member, was attacked and killed near Maroshipada, a hamlet near Film City. Forest officials said there could be six other leopards in the area bordering the park near Film City and Aarey. There are eight padas (tribal settlements), apart from slums and facilities like the Film City, in the area. A three-and-half year old male leopard was trapped in a cage near the Aarey helipad in Film City at 11pm on Wednesday, forest officials said. The fact that no attacks have happened since July is testament for the same.”HT has been reporting since March about leopard attacks in Aarey and Film City, which border SGNP, that has around 35 leopards.

Nearly two months after traps were set up in Aarey Milk Colony and Film City, Goregaon, to catch a leopard suspected to have attacked five children, killing one, forest officials in Mumbai said that the animal has been caught. A three-and-half year old male leopard was trapped in a cage near the Aarey helipad in Film City at 11pm on Wednesday, forest officials said.

The animal is being quarantined and checked for injuries, and is expected to be released in the forest later.

Forest officers are convinced that this was the leopard responsible for the attacks on children. “The leopard was immediately transferred to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) for a medical checkup last night itself,” said Jitendra Ramgaokar, deputy conservator of forest, Thane forest range.

“It was a scientific study to identify the problem animal.

We laud the efforts of our forest officers and those who have supported them for their persistent efforts to ensure that the area remains safe.

The fact that no attacks have happened since July is testament for the same.” HT has been reporting since March about leopard attacks in Aarey and Film City, which border SGNP, that has around 35 leopards.

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