Panic gripped Hill View Colony at Rangreth on city outskirts here when inhabitants spotted a leopard in the area on Sunday evening.
From past several weeks, the leopard is on prowl in adjoining Kralpora and Humhama areas of uptown here. On Sunday evening, the leopard appeared at Hill View Colony.
"My neighbor raised an alarm saying a leopard passed near my house. I rushed out and had a narrow escape as I spotted the fully grown leopard just in front of me. After some moments, the leopard moved out of our compound," said visibly shocked Zubair Rashid of Hill View Colony.
After hearing about the presence of leopard, the inhabitants rushed to the spot. "We instantly informed police and Wildlife authorities. However, before they could reach the spot, the leopard disappeared," the locals said.
Inhabitants of Kralpora are up in arms against the Wildlife department for failing to capture the leopard. "We spotted the leopard several times in our locality and informed the Wildlife authorities. However, the Wildlife department is not taking the issue seriously. Even the traps have been not been set up at the spots in our locality frequented by the leopard. We will be forced to take to streets if measures are not taken to capture the leopard," the aggrieved residents said.
Reports said due to fear of the leopard many families at Humhama and Kralpora have migrated to safer places. "Presence of leopard poses risk to my family. We cannot even venture out," said Shabir Ahmad of Kralpora.
Wildlife Warden, Rouf Zargar said the department sent a team to the spot. "It is difficult to capture the leopard in residential areas. Our team is camping in the area and tracking the pug marks. It will set up cages at vulnerable spots to capture the leopard. I urge people to contact me on 9419038961 in case they spot the leopard," Zargar said.