Puttur, Apr 23, 2015: A leopard which fell into a well, made its way to forest after attempts to capture it, went futile.
The leopard, which chasing its prey fell into a deep dry well in Valakadame Padaccharu in Koila village on April 22, morning. The leopard struggled for about two hours. More than 30 forest department staff tried to capture the leopard, but it managed to escape into the overgrowth.
The leopard is said to have come from the government forest in Shanthigodu. People informed the forest department staff, who arrived at the spot, barricaded the well and made all attempts to make the wild animal come out an trap it. The forest department staff placed a trap and net outside the well so that they could trap the leopard. Though the leopard came out it did not fall into the trap and escaped to the the dismay of all present.
More than 30 forest department staff including Puttur Assistant Conservator of Forests Harish, Zonal Conservator of Forests Shridhar, Panja Zonal Conservator of Forests Pravin, Uppinangadi Zonal Conservator of Forests Harsha and others took part in the operation. Kadaba police staff Monappa and Pampapathi tightened the security in the area.
More than hundred people who were witnessing the operation, were disappointed when the leopard escaped from the trap. People picked up an argument with forest department officials and blamed them for not being able to catch the leopard. The villagers warned that the officials will be held responsible if the escaped leopard reenters the village and harms people.