MumbI:A leopard was severely injured after it was hit by an unknown vehicle near Uplat village in Palghar district on early Monday morning. The area is located in Talasari and is close to the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. Forest Department officials and volunteers of the Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA) Dahanu, have rescued the injured leopard using an iron cage and is currently on the way to the SGNP, Borivali for treatment.
Nanasaheb Ladkat, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Dahanu have confirmed about the incident. We have sent the iron cage to trap the carnivore and will be admitted in the SGNP, Borivali,he said. There is a possibility that the leopard may have strayed onto the h ighway in search of wild catch when it might have got lost due to the speeding traffic and got hit by an unknown vehicle, he said. The carnivore has sustained serious injuries. It was initially decided to take the injured wild cat to the WCAWA hospital at Dahanu, but the leopard's injuries are serious so the SGNP Borivali was found suitable for its speedy treatment,said Ladkat.
Leopards are known to cross the risky highway. Due to the low visibility, and the wintery early morning chill, motorists often ignore the warning boards put up by us about the leopard movements,said Ladkat.
Earlier in late February 2017 a 6 year old male leopard was run over by a speeding vehicle near Sativali,Vasai on the same National Highway8 and it is believed that the leopard may have strayed from the nearby Tungareshwar Bird Sanctuary at Vasai.