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Leopard trapped at village in Nashik

Injured leopard trapped by forest department

Nashik: A leopard was trapped in Devlali village near here after villagers spotted the animal moving freely in the residential area, forest officials said today.

A forest department team trapped a leopard yesterday near a farm in Rokodoba-wada area in Devlali after locals informed officials of a spotting a leopard in the vicinity, Forest Range Officer Trimbak Binnar said.

Officials have been keeping a vigil in the locality and a cage was put in place. The leopard was finally caught, bringing down jeopardy among villagers, he said.

Meanwhile, three newborn cubs of a leopardess were found near a sugarcane field at Dherwadi area in Niphad taluka three days ago and are being taken care of by forest officials, Binnar said.

He said the cubs, who are 30-40 day-old, are being fed milk, eggs and chicken at a garden under forest department during daytime and are sent back to the field in a big plastic container, so that their mother can find them while she on a  hunt.

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