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News by: Hareesh Kumar Hejmady,
Leopard sighted at old harbour area of Hejmady Kodi - Trap laid by forest department
Padubidri, August 8th, 2016: Locals have sighted leopard among the dense casuarina trees at the old harbour area of Hejmady Kodi for the last few days. The area of dense trees extends for about a couple of kilometeres starting from old harbour area to the estuary in the proposed new fisheries harbour area. As it is located near the beach, people who go for fishing, normally using fising hooks and small nets, have sighted the leopard on the road in the evenings. Also a woman looking for firewood was frightened to see the leopard at a distance and had run away. It has become the talk of the town and people are refraining from venturing out in the night. Also four local dogs are not be seen in the area.
From the breakwater area of the yard to old harbour area many wild animals, such as porcupines, wild pigs, pythons and other snakes, jackals and peacocks are found roaming around in the area. The local watchman has reported having seen porcupines roaming freely on the road after the sunset. People have heard jackals howling at night and have also seen them daily. The locals presume that the leopard might have come from Mulki area after crossing the river.
After sighting the leopard, people have stopped fishing in the area after the sun set.
After the forest department was informed by phone, their staff placed a cage brought from Belapu, within two hours. A live dog has been placed inside as a bait.
As the fishing season by the mechanised fishing boats anchored at the old harbour area is going to commence within 10 days, people have urged the forest department officials to capture the leopard before the season.