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TN foresters use drone to track leopard that killed cow

Chennai, June 16 (IANS): On Thursday, Tamil Nadu forest department officials warned residents of Talavadi in Erode district to stay indoors as a leopard, which had killed a cow in the village, is again in the lookout.

Forest Department officials told media they had installed drones to track the leopard’s movements.

The partly eaten carcass of the cow was found early Wednesday morning and the Forestry Department was alerted. Department officials ordered villagers not to remove the carcass and to wait for the animal that killed it to return for it.

A senior Forestry Department official told IANS the villagers had followed instructions and on Thursday morning they discovered that part of the remaining carcass had been eaten and pug marks from the leopard had been found on it. places.

After that, the department set up a camera and a trap near where the carcass was found, and drones were put into operation for surveillance. Forest Department officials told IANS that an old quarry in the area was full of shrubbery and thick vegetation and the department and local police ordered the quarry owner to clear the vegetation. to determine if the leopard had taken refuge there.

The Forest Department and local police have warned Talavadi residents not to venture out of their residences at night until the leopard is caught and returned deep into the forest.