Gurugram: It was a moment of panic and horror for the residents of Badshahpur Gurugram when a 2.5-year-old male leopard strayed into a house at 3 pm on Friday. The leopard remained inside the home for about an hour and then entered a salon, where it was locked by the shopkeepers. The residents called the police and the wildlife department. At 5.30 pm, the leopard was successfully rescued by the wildlife department.Shockingly, the leopard strayed into the house that is located along Sohna Road, an arterial road in the city and about 500 meters away from Vatika City, a residential township along Sohna Road. More than 2,000 people gathered on the road while the department was carrying out the rescue operation and cops were managing the traffic. “We have rescued the big cat. It has got some scratches on its face since some broken glass was lying in the salon where it strayed. The wildlife department team rescued the big cat without any tranquilizer and amid the chaos,” said Vinod Kumar, additional principal chief conservator of forest, Haryana. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThis is not for the first time when the wild cats have entered the areas inhabited by the humans. One instance that reflects this disturbing trend was witnessed in 2018 when the wild cat entered the Maruti factory in Manesar. Even as the citizens in Gurugram may be fretting over the wild cat now straying frequently into human habitats, the forest division officials have expressed optimism over sightings of the wild cats. Officials have also maintained that there is a possibility of some leopards also entering into the city from Sariska Forests situated in Rajasthan. With frequent sightings, the city forest officials have now started holding camps in various villages on the issue of dealing with leopards. “It is a positive sign that there is a frequent sighting of leopards in and around Gurugram. Starting from eighties areas of Mandawar, Hassanpur, Alipur, Sultanpur and forests along Manesar that contained a large population of leopards began to show the decline in leopards for various reasons. After a long, sightings of leopards is being reported from Aravallis in Gurugram,” said an officer from South Haryana forest division.