Leopard sighted in Mumbai's Mulund
Mumbai, Sunday 22nd January 2017

A leopard has been sighted at Mulund around 2am on January 21 by residents living in the area. They immediately alerted the forest department  officials who reached the spot along with their team to inspect the situation.



Residents near Redwood Society garden in Mulund
West  alerted the forest officials when one of them claimed to have spotted the big cat near one of their buildings. Chief conservator of Thane forest department Sunil Limaye confirmed the citing. However, he added that there was no need to panic. "Owing to CCTV cameras, they can be spotted immediately. We have a 24-hour helpline 1926 where citizens can call and register any citings," said Limaye.



K. D. Thakare, deputy conservator of forest (Territorial) - Thane, said they received a call from the locals. "We then sent a team to pacify the residents. The society is very close to the National Park," said Thakare, adding that it could be a seven-year-old leopard.



Pawan Sharma,
founder of NGO RAWW (Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare) who was also present with the forest officials at the site, said that the area is one of the favorite trails of the leopards. "Leopards are usually spotted in this area. But there is no need top panic. The big cat has been in the National Park for decades now and it's the societies around it which have come up recently," said Sharma.