PANTHER VS MAN IN MEWAR (Part 2)

The panther belongs to the cat family. The species has fifteen varieties that are divided into two main ones – big and small. The panther belongs to the former. The female panther gives birth to 3 to 4 cubs at a time after they remain in the mother’s womb for about three months. For the first two weeks, the eyes of the cubs are closed. The cubs remain with the mother for two-and-a-half months and during this period they learn how to hunt and safeguard themselves. The Panther belongs to Genus Panthora that has three more species viz. Tiger, Lion, and Snow Leopard. At present, the major carnivore at the top of the food chain is Panther (Panthora Pardus). Other vertebrates inhabiting the surroundings are striped hyena, jungle cat, Indian fox, Indian wild boar, squirrels, and rats. The panther can survive in a wide range of habitats. It can thrive well in open country, rocky scrubs, and forested areas. It can do well in an arid mountainous country and a broken hilly area. It can thrive even in close proximity to human habitations.
To learn about the nature of the panther is quite interesting. It is afraid of man and in normal circumstances does not attack him on its own. Except for a brief period during mating and when the female is rearing the young, the panther leads an entirely solitary life, usually within a defined territory Like other members of the cat family, it marks its territory with urine and by scratching the ground with its claws. The size of the territory varies from season to season, as well as with the type of habitation and availability of food. There are several ways of safety against the panther. So when one sees a panther, one should not try to run away silently but make one’s presence felt by making some noise. While passing through a place where there is likely to be a panther, keep producing some sound. Avoid going near it, do not disturb it or throw a stone at it. People should not try to surround it but let it go away. If it is hiding behind rocks or bushes, do not try to go near it and search. It is better to inform the team of Forest Deptt. And wait for it to arrive there. If people stop surrounding it, in 99% cases, there would be no problem. Keep open all the routes for it to return to the jungle. To make it run away, it is better to stand at a safe distance and beat drum or fire crackers. For people in rural areas, it is advisable not to tie sheep, goats and small animals in the open. Cut the bushes near the houses so that the panther does not get place to hide itself. Whether it is day or night, never leave children especially under twelve, alone. They should never be naked as the panther takes them to be just some animal. Let them wear bright colored clothes. They should never be left alone in the jungle. Do not allow children to take cattle for grazing. Keep the doors of
houses closed at night. It is better not to leave waste material near houses as it attracts dogs and other animals that are attacked by the panther. It is not safe to try to free small animals that have been caught by a panther as it would incite it to attack human beings.
Wildlife specialists are of the opinion that relocation of a panther to another area through a cage is no solution to the problem but in fact, aggravates it as the struggle between man and panther becomes more fierce. The animal has to face many difficulties in its new habitat as it takes time in adjusting itself to the new environment. Its rivalry with the ones already residing in the area fuels its anger that proves harmful for human beings and other domesticated animals.

6 thoughts on “PANTHER VS MAN IN MEWAR (Part 2)

  1. Practical tips on encountering leopards . Public need to be aware.
    It’s Panthers pardus .Typing error

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