UDAIPUR: The increasing number of panthers in the forest areas of Udaipur has resulted in a struggle for existence and supremacy ending in the death of four panthers in a short span of 10 days.
This is apart from the death of 15 panthers run over by vehicles within a year.
The most recent was that of a female panther which was spotted dead and hung on a tree top at a height of 50 feet at Rajol Vatadara village in the Kherwada forest range on Sunday morning.
Foresters had to tie a rope around the neck of the beast to bring its body down from the tree top. Post mortem reports revealed that the female was brutally attacked by a mighty male panther whose teeth marks were seen on the neck of the dead panther. The male panther had dragged up the body of the female to a height of 50 feet and concealed it between branches of the tree.
As per postmortem report, the female panther was nearly an year old and was killed on Saturday night. Trace of undigested rabbit meat was seen in her abdomen.
In other cases of territorial conflict which took place a few days ago, a panther was found dead in the forests of Haldighati at Salumber road while on the same night in Toker village near Rajol at Kherwada, another panther was found dead.
A female panther cub was also found dead at Kewde ki Naal wildlife protected area on January 28, presumed to have been killed by another panther.
“The conflict between the animals is beyond departmental intervention. However, to control deaths caused due to road accidents, we have sent a proposal to construct underpasses on identified forest areas intersecting with the highways,” said a forest official.
As per the wildlife census in 2011, the panther population in the region was counted at 213 in 2013. In 2007, their the population was 196.