A STRAY leopard has reportedly been spotted in the Solusi area on the outskirts of Bulawayo, with villagers saying they feared for their lives.
The leopard has reportedly also been spotted near the Solusi University campus.
The leopard is said to have been roaming the area for the past three weeks.
However, no incidents of attacks have been reported so far.
It is suspected the leopard might have come from the Khami reservoir, a bushy area outside Khami, which reportedly has several wild animals.
A villager, only identified as Sifelani, said he heard about the leopard and later saw strange spoors in his yard and suspected that they could be those of a leopard.
“I heard about the leopard being in our area and about a week ago l saw footprints which resemble that of a leopard in my homestead and l suspect it is the one that has been reportedly seen,” he said.
A worker at Solusi University said the institution had issued a warning at a church service, advising students to be on the lookout.
“We are living in fear and we don’t know when the leopard will start attacking since it is a dangerous animal,” the worker said.
“During a church service the elders of the school warned us to be careful.”
The leopard, a largely nocturnal animal, is usually spotted at night.
A university employee claimed some spoors had been seen around the main campus and appealed to Zimparks to come and track down the beast.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority public relations officer Caroline Washaya–Moyo could not be reached for comment, as her phone was unreachable.