According to sources, salt pan workers found the leopard's body, some three km inside Kharaghoda village in Patdi taluka of Surendranagar district, and informed the forest officials.
Forest department officials said that leopard died in a vehicle accident in the Rann.
Sources say that leopards accidentally come into the Little Rann and nearby villages. It is not their natural habitat. "We assume that leopard may have come from Halvad or Dhrangdhra area where leopards are spotted regularly. Just two months ago, a leopard was spotted in Jesda village in Dhrangdhra taluka. Leopards are also found in sugarcane fields in Halvad," said the official.
Last year, a leopard was found dead near Bubvana canal in the Little Rann.
"Since last few days, there were rumors about the presence of a leopard in this area but given the spread of this region, nobody could spot the wildcat and finally it was found dead on Monday night,'' officials said.