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Nilgai chase in PEC leaves wildlife dept officials sweating

A nilgai had the UT Wildlife department on its toes for more than an hour as the employees attempted to handle the animal that had strayed into the residential complex of the Punjab Engineering College today.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
December 10, 2009 1:08:10 am

A nilgai had the UT Wildlife department on its toes for more than an hour as the employees attempted to handle the animal that had strayed into the residential complex of the Punjab Engineering College today.

The drama started around 9 am when the police informed the control room of the Wildlife department about the animal in the area. The team finally arrived around 10.15 am after repeated reminders by the police.

Seemingly ill-equipped and ill-trained to handle the nilgai,the team laid a net and though the animal entered into the net,it managed to escape after a little struggle.

As the animal ran amok,the staff chased it with sticks.

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Finally the animal got stuck in a swamp,and as it struggled,the team from the Wildlife department continued to wait till it tried to get out. They fired a tranquiliser gun and soon the animal again ran into the net and was finally caught.

Over a fortnight ago,a similar situation was reported in Sector 18,when a sambhar had entered a residential area.

The team from Wildlife department had arrived after two hours and the tranquiliser gun failed to shoot. After repeated attempts,the shot was finally fired. Still the staff was unable to capture it and the animal ran around the whole sector,jumping walls and escaping through the greenbelts. The sambhar was finally captured after the tranquiliser showed some effect.

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