Panther attack: Negri Perhilitan advises villagers not to leave livestock roaming

SEREMBAN (Bernama): The Negri Sembilan Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) advises villagers here not to leave their livestock roaming free, as a panther believed to have devoured two cows from Kg Tengah has not yet been captured.

The department’s director Wan Mat Wan Harun (pic) said personnel were still monitoring the area and traps had been installed since Nov 14, about 500m from the last location it was spotted.

"So far, we have not been able to track the protected wildlife, however, we’re stepping up monitoring.

"The panther may have strayed out of the forest to find food," he said when contacted by Bernama here Saturday (Nov 28).

He said the public was also advised not to provoke the animal and urged to contact Perhilitan if they had any information on the animal's whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Baharin Mohamad, 52, a resident of Kg Tengah, Tanjung Ipoh, claimed that two of his cattle were eaten by the panther in separate incidents on Oct 30 and Nov 5.

"I breed 75 cows but do not keep them in the barn, instead they roam freely at a nearby farm. At first, I thought it was an act of sabotage, but after looking at the bite on the neck of the dead cow, I found it was caused by a wild animal.

"Previously, many residents claimed to have seen a panther around the village. Other friends from nearby villages also said that the panther had entered their village areas and killed their livestock," he said. - BERNAMA

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