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Camera traps catch glimpse of rare black panther

A rare black panther was spotted near Male Mahadeshwara Hills (MM Hills) region. The majestic leopard was caught by the camera trap laid by forest department officials.

This is the first time that a black leopard was sighted around PG Palya Animal Sanctuary, the region of MM Hills. In the images, the leopard can be seen slinking around the forest and is estimated be around 6-7 years old.

Recently a black leopard was spotted in the Kabini forest region. A forest department official told Bangalore Mirror, that the leopard around MM Hills is different from the one seen near Kabini.

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Deputy Conservator Of Forest (DCF) MM Hills Yedukundalu said, “The black leopard was spotted during the tiger censuses conducted by the forest officials. This is the first time that a black leopard is spotted near PG Palya animal sanctuary. Possibly the leopard has migrated from another forest. Rare animals like Honey badger, Craigslist squirrel were sighted before and now the black leopard. Forest officials are still monitoring the region and we hope to see more of rare animals in our area,” he added.

A black panther is the melanistic colour variant found in Asia and Africa. The life span of a black panther is around 12 – 17 years and it is rarely spotted in Indian forest region, especially in Karnataka. In July, a black panther was spotted in Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve.



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Sagar Biswas

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