Two panthers were spotted on cameras on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday which were placed at Dhanora forest range in MP’s Barwani district, a forest official said.
Photographs will help forest department officials substantiate their claim on the presence of panthers in the area as earlier they only depended on droppings and pug-marks.
Sub-divisional officer (forest) DS Ningwal said that two panthers have been spotted by the trap camera installed by the department near Inayki village after a calf was killed on the night of April 4 in Inayki village.
“On intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday between 9.41 pm and 3.54 am, two panthers were found eating cattle. It confirmed the department’s early assumption of the animals being panthers,” the SDO said.
Outgoing district forest officer (DFO), Sendhwa, Ajay Kumar Pandey said that this is the first time that panthers have been trapped by hidden cameras in the division. He said this area has many panthers due to proper wild life management.
Pandey said, “We had earlier deployed cameras in areas like Kolki, Badiyapani and Dhawli to trap the movement of wild animals but were not successful. Now cameras have captured images of the wildcat and we can now officially talk about their presence.”
Pandey, who brought these cameras two years back, said, “The cameras have night vision and can photograph any wild animals with a flash. It is helpful to keep a close watch on any movement in the forest. The cameras are of high resolution and are made for such trapping.”
Forest department has asked villagers not to move alone or take children outside.
Last Friday panthers killed seven goats in Bamnali village of Pati forest area of Barwani forest division.