HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A leopard, believed to be taking shelter in the vicinity of Durga colony of Syuchatar village development committee, Ward No 1, of Kathmandu was captured around 2pm today and handed over to the Central Zoo.
The golden-coloured leopard with black spots, which weighed 80 kg and stood 3.8 feet in length, was darted from a bush close to the residential area today.
It took five hours for a joint team of Armed Police Force, central zoo technical team and District Forest Office (DFO) to capture the wild animal from the colony.
Locals had informed police about the leopard in the early morning.
According to District Forest Office team leader Lalbabu Jha, the crowd of bystanders had made the task of darting the animal difficult as the human noise had chased him.
The team assumes that the big cat may have entered the area during the rainy season, though locals believe it could have been hiding in the area for long. The carcass of the pet dog, which the leopard had killed, was recovered, however no harm to the humans were reported,” added Jha.
District Forest Officer Man Bahadur Khadka said the leopard will be released in the wild after treatment at the central zoo.