A big cat spotted in Kakol village near Yelahanka has been giving sleepless nights to the residents of the village.
It is reported that the leopard is on prowl in Hesaraghatta, Sonnenahalli, Hesaraghatta Seeds farm, Danish farm and Hesaraghatta lake areas where it has attacked two goats and three cattle.
According to a report in Udayavani, the residents of Kakol village had complained to the forest officials about the leopard. Even their complaint to Sonnenagalli Gram Panchayat too has fell on deaf ears.
"Last week, when I took my cattle for grazing, they ran helter-skelter. One of my cattle was attacked by the leopard. But somehow, it escaped from the jaws of the death," said Hanumantharayappa, a resident of Sonnenahalli. The cattle is recuperating from the bite. "Last year, the leopard had consumed two cattle. We had complained against it to the forest department. But they seem to be waiting until the big cat attacks a human being to get into action," rued Hanumantharayappa.
However, forest official Chandrappa refuted the allegations of inaction and said that the forest guards are camping at certain pockets in the village where the villagers had sighted the leopard. "Besides, we have alerted our higher-ups and have sought necessary help," he added.
Range forest officer Chidanand confirmed that the leopard is on prowl in Hesaraghatta region. He further said that they will place a cage to nab the wild animal.