Yes, it is a Leopard, as per the Hindu which has quoted Anthony S M, deputy conservator of forests, that the camera trap image obtained at night is of a Leopard in the Racecourse Belagavi. Officials are studying the image to try and trace the location of the animal.
The elusive Leopard continues its run and the forest department is leaving no stone unturned to nab the creature.
A photo was taken from a camera trap placed at the Racecourse Belagavi.
Around 16 camera traps have been placed to capture the movements of the animal.
The Leopard may be using one of the oldest wild corridors to pass through the two habitats, i.e. Hindalaga and the Bhutaramanahatti forest areas.
Also, the fact that the holiday was declared for 11 schools in the 1 km vicinity of the race course area also ratifies a point that there could be some evidence of its presence.
As of Monday, the Forest department is not allowing anyone in the race course as it feels if the animal is there any combing operation can make the animal go deeper and it would be difficult for them to capture it if it’s there.
So today they might plan to keep a close watch on the race course area from a distance and visuals from the camera traps to ascertain the situation.