A leopard scare has gripped parts of the IT hub in south-east Bengaluru. Several restrictions have been imposed on Bengaluru’s Whitefield area. CCTV footage shows leopard roaming in apartments and complexes. The incident has created a lot of panic in the adjoining areas. The officials have launched several initiatives to locate the leopard. The area is under high restriction due to the imposing threat.
Locals under threat? Leopards entering apartments and complexes during night
A leopard was seeing strolling on the first floor in an apartment. The viral videos and photos have sent authorities on alert. The area is close to Bannerghatta National Park and wildlife is significantly present there. Officials have requested the locals not to venture out on the streets during nights. The forest department is trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The chief conservator of forests confirmed the area of terror which is Singasandra. Bangalore University also issued a circular warning for its staff and children living in the campus. The circular restricts students and staffs to restrict their movements during night.
The sight of leopards is reported in Cadenza inside Kudlu gate area. Leopards were spotted in Kengeri, Devanahalli, Kumbalagodu and Kodipalya in 2022. Major tech firms like Infosys and Biocon has their office in surrounding areas.
Search parties and drones deployed to catch leopards
The forest department has deployed a team of 25 personnel along with veterinarians and sharpshooters. The primary aim of the team is to track and tranquillize the leopard. Drone cameras have been also deployed to look for the leopard. Forest department officials and police personnel are continuously patrolling the streets. They are alerting citizens not to roam during early morning and late night.
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The Deputy Conservator of Forest has set up two cages in Kudlu gate area to catch the leopard. The rescue team of veterinarians from Bannerghatta National Park is using thermal imaging cameras for night surveillance.