Water Resources Minister Govind Karjol, who was in Belagavi today to hoist the flag on Independence Day, said officials are making efforts to trace the leopard, If necessary we will take help of Mudhol dogs to trace the wild animal.
It’s been 10 days since a leopard was first spotted at Jadhav Nagar in Belagavi and since then the forest officials have been trying to trace the wild animal but in vain. Reacting to the efforts by forest officials, District in-charge minister Govind Karjol said, “If necessary we will get Mudhol dogs to track the leopard.”
“24 camera traps have been set up at the suspected areas and eight cages have been kept to trap the leopard. 50 people have been deployed for the operation, including experts. If it does not fall for the trap, we will get Mudhol dogs which will help us trace the leopard through smell. Mudhol dogs can trace any animal through smell, that is why they are used by the army,” Karjol said.
Mudhol dogs are a unique breed earlier used for hunting. The unique feature of the breed is its height which is usually 26-28 inches. Mudhol dogs have been inducted into the Indian Army for surveillance and border protection assignments.