Pardus (Linnaeus) (Dipdo)
species used to be fairly common but of late its numbers have
dwindled considerably. Unlike the tiger which prefers heavy cover,
the panther is able to live and thrive almost anywhere. In Kutch
they have good and plentiful cover among the rocky hills, and
except after killing a cow or goat, are difficult to trace. Its
natural prey includes deer, monkeys, porcupines, etc. A panther
living near human habitation preys mainly on domestic animals
or even poultry and is particularly fond of lifting dogs. It invariably
seizes its victim by the threat and kills it by strangulation.
The Indian leopard Panthera pardus which was quite numerous but
is now not so common in the various "rakhals" on the Kutch mainland.