Leopard death to be investigated

2022-08-08 17:28:19

Leopard death to be investigated
The Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera, has instructed the Secretary of the Ministry to immediately investigate the death of a mountain leopard at a tea estate in Hatton - Summerhill Estate, Nuwara Eliya.

The Ministry of Wildlife says that a team headed by an Additional Secretary is on its way to Hatton to investigate into the killing of a leopard.

Action will be taken if it is uncovered that wildlife officials were responsible for the animal’s death, the ministry said.

A leopard which had been caught in a trap attached to a tree on Saturday night (06) had died from injuries despite the efforts by wildlife officers to chop down the tree and rescue the animal.

Meanwhile, environmentalist lawyer Jagath Gunawardena told Hiru news section that efforts should be made to protect these rare mountain leopards.

It is reported that leopard had climbed a nearby eucalyptus tree in an attempt to get out of the trap and that when the wildlife officers arrived and cut down the tree to rescue the leopard.

However wildlife officers have been accused of failing to rescue without harming the leopard and that the animal had died due to their unprotected way of cutting down the said tree.

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