10 October 2006

Panther update

Further to my earlier posting of October 7, about the wild animal, thought to be a Panther, attacking livestock in the area; the latest report is that the mysterious animal, which killed some cattle in the District last week, has now been identified from footprints found in the forest, as a hyena.

Around 20 forest department personnel and 100 locals are currently in search of the animal in the Nedungunam reserve forests.

Again I repeat how sad that an area only 50 years ago replete with tigers, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, panthers, wild antelope and even elephants has become so sanitised and cleansed of indigenous forest life, that the possibility of the presence of ONE HYENA is regarded as so inimical to man's welfare and interests; that over 120 people armed with weapons, metal traps and snares are in pursuit to catch and kill it! What a tragedy that we have come to this.


Divyakka said...

It is mind boggling how selfish interests blind man to the bigger picture.

Arunachala Living said...

Yes its true. But Mother Nature will have the last word - eventually!