Leopard rescued in Khed by drone surveillance operation after human-animal conflict episodes

Leopard rescued after shooting and killing a 45-year-old woman in Khed taluka . Forest Department officials and qualified veterinarians successfully rescued a leopard .

Following an elaborate operation that involved drone surveillance, Forest Department officials and qualified veterinarians successfully rescued a leopard from the Khed taluka.The leopard shot and killed a 45-year-old lady in Jaulke village in Khed taluka around 5.30 a.m. on Thursday, killing her.After another incident of human-leopard conflict in the area, Range Forest Officer Pradeep Raundhal reported that a leopard was saved by using a cage trap in Jaulke village on Friday night.Forest Department officials have confirmed that it is the same species as shown by the rosette on the rescued leopard and some video taken from the camera traps near the Jaulke accident site.

The leopard was rescued by the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre of the Wildlife SOS, according to a volunteer who was part of the operation.The operation involved various technological devices, including drone cameras for surveillance and identification of the leopard, as well as strategic planning to lead it toward the cage and eventually rescue it.The operation was carried out with the help of experienced veterinarians from Wildlife SOS and locals.Officials are yet to confirm whether the same leopard was involved in both attacks in Retwadi.