Keonjhar: A leopard was found to be roaming in Panchu Palli area of Odisha’s Keonjhar district.
The leopard was reportedly captured on camera while it was in the area located near Anandpur of Keonjhar wildlife division. The wild cat was seen to be moving in a paddy field in a video clip which has gone viral.
PCCF Susanta Nanda in a post on X stated that a leopard has been spotted in Panchu Palli and now it has moved towards Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
A leopard has been spotted in Panchu palli area of Keonjhar WL Division, Anandapur. Now it has moved towards Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
It is a normal incident. Requesting public at large not to panic & media friends to disseminate the information for benefit of all concerned. pic.twitter.com/A3M9wsUOGW
— Susanta Nanda (@susantananda3) November 18, 2023
As the sighting of the leopard sparked panic among locals, forest department officials are asking people not to panic as the big cat will prefer to get away from the region into the forest.
The PCCF described the sighting of the leopard as a normal incident and urged the public not to panic and chase away the nig cat on their own.
Forest department personnel are at the spot keeping a vigil and the big cat is expected to return to the forest soon.