THRISSUR - In the wake of frequent straying of wild animals, especially leopards in the forest fringe areas, the Kerala forest Department has set up two cages in different locations in the hilly areas of Thrissur district. Local villagers have complained that they had spotted big cats several times in and around Kuruppam, located near Athirapilly, a sought after tourist destination here.
The strayed animals killed live stock also in the area in the last three weeks, they said. Forest department personnel said the wild animals might have strayed into human settlements in search of food and water. A top forest official here said local villagers had been instructed not to travel alone during night hours through the forest-fringe paths. Special patrolling teams had also been deployed to trace the animals and sound alert about their presence. The setting up of cages would help to trap the animals at the earliest, sources added. (PTI)