Dhenkanal: Leopards have been found roaming in reserve forests in this district.
The matter came to the fore after a leopard was photographed by a trap camera August 15 and Divisional Forest Officer Prakash Chand Gogineni confirmed this via his Twitter handle.
The Dhenkanal Divisional Forest Officer tweeted, “Here is our leopard in Dhenkanal Forests.
It was August 15th as we pledged our commitment to conservation.”
However, as per government rules, the name of the reserve forest where the animal was spotted moving will not be disclosed to the public, Forest officials said.
Around seven to eight leopards have been captured by the trap cameras that have been installed in the forests by the Forest department.
Sixty-two trap cameras have been installed in various forests in Dhenkanal district during the last one year. In the coming days, it will be clear how many leopards are there in the jungles.
The DFO said that the actual number of animals can be ascertained when more trap cameras are installed in the other reserve forests of the state.