LETTERS: The panther that was struck by a speeding vehicle in Bukit Tangga in Jelebu, Negri Sembilan, on Saturday is a reminder of the repercussions of uncontrolled development.
The clearing of forests for agriculture and housing projects has disrupted the natural habitats of wildlife species, forcing them to venture out in search of food and shelter.
The panther, being a predator, had to explore unfamiliar territories due to the diminishing availability of prey in its habitat.
Moreover, the hot weather conditions have intensified challenges faced by our wildlife.
With rising temperatures, the panther, like many other species, was compelled to seek refuge in less familiar habitats that could provide respite from the heat.
Incidents like the one in Bukit Tangga highlight the need to reinforce our efforts and adopt measures to protect our ecosystems and wildlife.
Preserving wildlife is not just a moral responsibility. It is also crucial for maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystems.
Protecting our wildlife means safeguarding the health of our forests, the purity of our water sources, and the sustainability of our environment for future generations.
This incident also reveals the need for motorists to be extra cautious in areas known for wildlife activity.
The panther's broken hind leg suggests that it was unable to move swiftly.
This highlights the need for stricter enforcement of speed limits and greater awareness among motorists about wildlife conservation.
Implementing speed bumps or warning signs can reduce the risk of similar incidents.
To prevent further loss of wildlife, we should prioritise environmental sustainability and engage in land-use planning.
This involves adopting sustainable agricultural practices that minimise forest clearances, promoting reforestation efforts to restore degraded areas, and preserving wildlife corridors.
Additionally, public education and awareness campaigns can foster people's empathy and respect for wildlife.
SUZIANAH NHAZZLA ISMAIL
Shah Alam, Selangor
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times