Udupi, Aug 22, 2014: One Balakrishna Poojary and his family members of Irmadi had heard a huge sound on Aug 20 at 11 pm. Thinking that a tree must have fallen nearby, the family members did not bother to venture out of the house. However, when the members went to draw water from the well next morning, they saw the leopard trapped in the well.
After two hours of rescue operation by the Forest Department officials, the young feline was hauled out. The forest department officials rescued a leopard. The rescued leopard was later released into Kudremukh National Park.
Initially the officials had planned to allow the leopard to climb a ladder. The residents opposed it, a cage was brought from Aroor and was released into the well using a rope. After the leopard entered the cage, it was pulled out.
An altercation that broke out between forest department officials and villagers on the techniques to be used for rescuing the leopard resulted in confusion for some time. The villagers said that leopard was spotted in the region for the last few days. In spite of bringing the issue to the notice of the officials, no measures were taken to catch the leopard. Wild animals menace is on the rise in recent years. Deers and bison have been engaged in damaging crops. The cows, and dogs go missing in the region. However, the officials cite the reason of lack of expert to tranquilize the leopard for catching it, said the villagers.“Schoolchildren are scared to go alone owing to the wild animals menace,” said the villagers.