Common Leopard set free

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20th Oc­to­ber 2014 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 kilo- grams and of ap­prox­i­mately 7-8 years.

The trap was set up at the dis­tance of about 7080 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..

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