A leopard has been captured in a Bangalore school after injuring six people.
A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the near 10-hour long effort to corner the leopard on February 7.
The 8-year-old male leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International School, was eventually tranquilized and released.
A recent wildlife census estimated that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000.
The animal was spotted strolling inside the school premises in the Kundalahalli area.
Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius were injured when they tried to corner the animal and tranquilize him, reports say.
“It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquilizers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect,” senior police official S Boralingaiah told reporters.
According to local reports, the leopard possibly strayed into the school from a patch of forest not far from the school.
The captured animal has been moved to a national park and the six injured people, including a cameraperson of a TV channel, have been treated for minor injuries.
Leopards and other big cats have been known to stray into populated areas, and conservationists have warned that such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats.