Panther spotted prowling near homes in Dungun

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) – If two months ago two tigers spotted roaming around Kampong Besul Lama near Dungun sparked headlines, now a panther has been spotted in an area nearby.

In the past two weeks, the panther has been seen prowling around Taman Harmoni near Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, about 15km from Kampong Besul Lama.

A Taman Harmoni resident, Nur Mazila Mohd Salleh, 37, said she saw the animal last Monday night.

“It’s the third time I’ve seen it in two weeks, but a neighbour said the panther was seen slinking around last month.

“We’re living in fear and the children are now not allowed to play outside like before. We hope the panther will be caught soon so our lives can return to normal,” she told Bernama yesterday.

Nur Mazila posted a picture of the panther on Facebook while asking for the contact number of the Terengganu Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan). The post exists no more.

Perhilitan Terengganu Director Dr Abdul Malik Mohd Yusuf said the residents’ reports have been received and a few staff members have been sent to set up traps.

He asked the residents to take care and report sightings to Perhilitan immediately.