Srinagar, July 5: Locals from Highland Enclave Gogoo near the airport in central Kashmir's Budgam district on Monday claimed to have spotted a leopard in the locality following which the Wildlife Department said a team was being sent for an extensive survey to ascertain the presence of the big cat.
News agency KNT quoted locals saying that a leopard is on the loose in the locality located in the vicinity of Srinagar airport since the last one week especially during night hours.
The locals said they have not been venturing out and were scared to even visit mosques for prayers during evening and pre-dawn hours as the animal has created a ‘fear psychosis’ among them.
They urged authorities to take measures to capture the animal before it causes harm to anyone.
When asked for comments over the locals' claim, Chief Wildlife Warden Kashmir, Rashid Naqash told Greater Kashmir that a team is being sent to the area for an extensive survey and necessary intervention in this regard.