Leopard trapped near Naval base in Goa
Panaji: Incidents of wild leopards straying into the peripheral areas of the naval base in southern Goa where the newly acquired squadron of MiG-29 K fighters are stationed and also has local population in the surrounding areas, is a major cause of concern for the Indian Navy that had on Friday trapped a leopard which strayed into the Naval base area.
According to the navy statement, the leopard had been sighted on April 1 in the forested area near the periphery of the Naval base which is home to recently acquired Russian fighter jets.
The navy in a joint operation with the forest department had on Friday trapped the leopard.
“The young leopard is about three years old and was unhurt and in good health. The presence of these big cats has been a threat not only to the service personnel working and residing at INS Hansa but also to the civil populace residing in and around Dabolim and Bogmalo,” the statement said.
It may be mentioned here that in the same forested tract, in February last year, a leopard which had strayed into the same naval base, located in Dabolim, 35 km south of the capital, was trapped with the help of the forest department personnel.