Watch: Leopard Roaming Freely On Road In Odisha’s Bolangir, DFO Claims No Threat To Life

**Bolangir:** A majestic leopard was sighted roaming freely on the road late last night and the visuals have been captured on a mobile phone. After its viral circulation on social media, fear and panic has gripped the people regarding safety of public and the animal itself.

However, Divisional Forest Officer Samirkanta Satpathy has restored normalcy and said, “The area where the leopard was sighted was in Badmal area’s Banei reserve forest region. It is a restricted area as an Ordnance Factory is situated there and no vehicles or public is allowed. Due to the forest, such incidents are common there but I have to admit that sightings have increased in the last month. Maybe because the wild animals are feeling safe in the area as they have realized that there is no danger to their lives from vehicles and public.”

“The security guards of the factory take adequate measures and they know that the animals should not be irritated. Had the animals been hungry, they would have preyed on cattle or infants in the nearby villages. But that is not the case as the forest is filled with wild boars and deers which is why the leopards are never starving,” the DFO concluded.

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