Common Leopard set free

120 October, Sarpang. The Staff of Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Section under Wildlife Conservation Division, DoFPS rushed to Thongjhazur village under Umling Geog in Sarpang Dzongkhag to rescue the common leopard which was caught in the trap set up by the villagers. The trapped was a male leopard weighing 65 kilograms and of approximately 7-8 years.

The trap was set up at the distance of about 70-80 meters away from the village settlement for the protection of their field crops from wild animals like wild boar, sambar and barking deer. Further Mr. Tashi Tshering also said that the trap was set to protect their paddy and maize form the wild animals. Unfortunately common leopard was captured inside the trap in the night of 18th October. The villagers found this captured leopard while they were carrying out the Community forestry boundary survey and they immediately informed it to the Park Range Officer.

The emergency out call to rescue the leopard was informed by Mr. Sangay Dorji, Forest Officer of Royal Manas National Park at around 11am on 19th of October, 2014. The rescue team reached the site next morning and immediately went to inspect the site. Then after examining the leopard, the team prepared the dart and tranquilized the leopard from the distance of 15 meters.

In the company of the Villagers, the leopard was brought to the safe place, performed the necessary treatment and the detailed physical measurements. The leopard was found to be very healthy and no injury was spotted on the body. Thus placing the Leopard inside the iron creates he was successfully released in to the Kanimakra forest in Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) in Gelephu.

Reported By Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health section, Wildlife Conservation Division (WCD)

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