Ernakulam: Panic gripped Kanjiramattam area in the district on Tuesday afternoon after a villager claimed of having seen a leopard near the Devi temple.
Locals have begun searches for the big cat. A rubber tapping worker said that he saw the leopard running away with a catch. The police and wildlife authorities too have joined in the searches.
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Strengthening the villager's claim, the authorities have also spotted the pugmarks of the leopard near a pond in the area.
Earlier in March, a wild leopard had strayed into Kannur town and mauled at least four people before it was tranquilized by the forest officials.