Tiger Safari closed to general public
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Unable to capture a leopard Chief Wild Life warden Dhirendra Singh on Saturday ordered a temporary closure of Tiger safari for general public. Singh said that the decision was a precautionary measure. In addition to this, he also ordered a cleanliness drive at the jungle within the safari, to ensure that the footprints of the missing animal are visible.
The leopard was seen on November 11 at the Kadian pear garden but it later ran away from the borewell after tearing the net. After that incident, the big cat has not been found anywhere in the jungle but its foot prints are visible in certain areas.
It was chief wild life warden's second visit in connection with the operation leopard hunt. The team had also brought urine of a female leopard from Chatbir zoo and had placed it in cage to entice the feline. District forest officer Daljit Singh Brar said: "It is the heat season for this animal, so we had tried this, but it didn't work out. We have placed 5 cages at different places."
Meanwhile, Gaurav Katty, member of the People for Animals (PFA) has condemned the decision to close the safari. "Visitors always go in a bus and thus this practice should continue. Moreover, so far the leopard has not harmed any human being. Rather they need to be educated about the behaviour of this big cat," Katty said.
More than 25 persons are on operation hunt in different parts of the jungle since November 11 and so far they have not been able to trap the animal.
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