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Leopard kills 4 goats and 3 buffalo calves

PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: A leopard killed 4 goats and 3 buffalo calves at Jambut village in Shirur taluka on Friday, while every other was once noticed at Devi Indrayani housing society, adjoining to Talawade IT park in Pimpri Chinchwad city on Thursday.

Tushar Damdhere, vary woodland officer (RFO), Shirur, said, "Sanjay Sonule, a villager, has an enclosure for goats and buffaloes near a field in Jambut village, around 25 to 30 km from Shirur town. When Sonule went to inspect the animals on Friday morning, he found the carcasses of his goats and buffaloes. After inspecting the carcasses, forest officials suspected that they may have been attacked by a leopard. The enclosure had many gaps through which the leopard may have entered and attacked the animals." He added, "The employees are preparing a report of the incident for giving compensation to the farmer." Jambut village is located alongside Ghod river and sugarcane is grown on a large-scale here, providing an ideal habitat for leopards.

Meanwhile, Anita Desai, chairman, Devi Indrayani housing society, said, "Sarthak Sharma, a youth staying at a company accommodation in the society, saw the leopard when he turned towards the parked vehicles while waiting for the lift to go to his flat."

"After he narrated the incident, I went to my flat on the 12th floor along with another resident and out of curiosity peeped outside the window to see if there was any leopard around. To my utter shock, I found the leopard going over the open space behind the building. We called the fire brigade and police to inform them about incident. Later, the forest department officials visited the society," she added.

"There are 9 CCTV cameras in our society. But, unfortunately, the CCTV cameras do not cover the area near the lift where the leopard was sighted. So we plan to install 3 or 4 more CCTV cameras soon." Deepak Pawar, vary woodland officer, Bhamburda vary said, "Indrayani river flows near Talawade and there are sugarcane fields nearby. So, there is a probability of leopard being sighted there."

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