A three-year-old suspected leopard that had killed one child and injured four others was trapped at film city on wee hours of Thursday. A team of 11 wildlife activists who spent several sleepless nights watching the problem cat's movements in a first-of-its kind control room played a crucial role in trapping the big cat.
How it worked
Since the control room was set up on August 16, Sanap, Surve and eight volunteers - Imran Udat , Kunal Chaudhari, Hitendra Pachkale, Kishor Patre, Kaushal Dubey, Ketan Vaidya, Prabhu Swami and Satish Lot - worked round the clock. While two teams would man the control room in 10-hour shifts, the third team would go and check the camera traps installed across Aarey Colony, made all the more necessary because of walkers who would cause disturbance around the camera traps despite requests to stay away from those areas.
The volunteers were also joined by Mayur Kamath, honorary wildlife warden of Mumbai who led the operation.
Caught at last
Around 1 am, the leopard was finally trapped at Film City, after which Ramgaonkar asked Range Forest Officer Santosh Kank and the Leopard Rescue Team to reach the spot. At 2.15 am, the team arrived and shifted the adult male leopard to the rescue truck. At 3.30 am, they transported the animal to the leopard rescue centre at SGNP.
Picture credit- Ranjeet Jadhav
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