Leopard spotted in Baithkhol forest near Karwar

Source: DHNS | Published on 9th September 2018, 3:18 PM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Karwar: A leopard is being sighted in the Baithkhol forest near Karwar for the last few days.

The leopard is being sighted on a hill in the Baithkhol forest limits in the morning and in the evening. It rests under the sun for around half an hour and then moves away from there.

The leopard also tries to catch eagles flying in the sky and the villagers gather in the evening to watch the leopard doing so.

“It may be a female leopard. It has three cubs in the rocks forming a cave-like structure on the hill. Sometimes, it is seen playing with the cubs on the hill”, the villagers said.

Shyamala Gowda, a localite, said that the leopard has killed some dogs and cats in the village. But it has not caused any trouble to the villagers till now. Even the villagers feel happy to see the leopard sitting on the rocky hill every day. The villagers have begun gathering near the Bhoodevi temple every evening just to see the leopard.

“The local people have informed us about the presence of a leopard in the Baithkhol forest and forest observers are keeping a watch on it. The people have said that the leopard is not causing any trouble to the villagers. We are not planning to capture it as of now as it is seen in the forest limits”, said Range Forest Officer Raghavendra Naik.

8 to 10 leopards:

He said that as per forest observers, there are eight to ten leopards in the forest area between Baithkhol and Amdalli. But no official survey had been done till now.

Religious belief:

The rocky hill where the leopard is frequenting is just 500 metre away from the human habitation. But the hill is at an altitude when compared to the nearby village. The local people call this hill as 'Hulirayana Gudda' (a hill of tigers or big cats). There is also a temple of Goddess Bhoodevi near the hill. So, the local people believe the leopard to be a God and call it 'Hulidevaru'. The villagers are hence not interested in capturing the leopard.

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