Hunt for leopard wanes but tiger safari still closed

Even 20 days after a leopard scare had forced the chief wildlife warden to close the tiger safari for the general public, it is yet to be opened. This, despite the search for the wild feline coming to a standstill. When district forest officer D S Brar was contacted, he said: "The safari has been closed on the orders of chief wild life warden and we cannot open it, till he reverts his orders."

The leopard was spotted in Kadian village on November 11 and as a precautionary measure, the safari was closed. Forest officials had then assessed that the wild animal could head towards the safari and hence had it closed for the general public.

Now, with no sight of the leopard, the safari remains closed. Moreover, animal welfare organisations have time and again pointed out that people who attend the safari are taken in a bus and hence there was no chance of getting hurt.

Meanwhile, while the forest department has failed to locate the leopard, officials had caught a sambhar at Giaspura village on Wednesday. The animal was released into the Mattewara jungle on Thursday, DFO Brar said.

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