Shimla : A wild leopard was captured today by Himachal Pradesh wildlife officials in the snow covered Keem village near Rampur , 165 km from here .
The big cat entered the village two days ago in the wee hours spreading fear among the villagers . Forest officials reached the spot braving heavy snow the next day.
â€œThe leopard ventured into the village probably following a village dog . Both the dog and the leopard got trapped in a house . Strangely prey and hunter stayed in one room for two days and the terrorized dog remained unharmed ,â€ said Homi Dass , owner of the house .
The wildlife officials tranquilized the leopard with a gun .
â€œAfter our veterinary doctor examined the big cat we released the animal back into the forest ,â€ said Hardev Singh , range officer of the stateâ€™s wildlife department told the Hill Post .
Due to heavy snowfall leopards tend to enter villages in search of food .