Mumbai: The acute water scarcity in some parts of Maharashtra is affecting the leopards too, driving them into villages skirting the forests.
A male leopard, which strayed into Dhondegaon village in the district, apparently in search of water and food, attacked a youth yesterday.
In another incident in the district, a female leopard died after falling into a 50-ft deep well.
Forest officer PP Bhamre said a four-and-half years old leopard attacked Yadav Bendkule, a local youth, and was later spotted in the field of Madhukar More at Dhondegaon yesterday.
Forest officers reached the spot with tranquiliser and a cage, but the animal escaped.
At village Dahingule-Shivar, a female leopard was found dead in a 50-feet deep well in the field of Hiraman Bagul.
Officers said that she must have been searching for water.