The Forest Department officials on Tuesday evening trapped a leopard that had strayed into human habitat near Kadakola and later released the animal into the Moolehole range of the Bandipur National Park.
According to sources, the female leopard aged around two-and- half-years was sighted by the villagers in their area and complained to the forest department officials and thereafter a cage was placed in Kochanahalli, six days ago.
Explaining the incident, RFO Puttaraju said that on Tuesday evening a forest officer working at the region had noticed that the leopard was trapped inside the cage placed earlier. The leopard was fit and healthy and was released into the Moolehole range of the Bandipur National Park.
A forester said that the area around Mysuru- Nanjangud was an ideal habitat for leopards, suspected to thrive in groups on the fringes of forest boundaries.