Written by Staff Writer
10 Aug, 2014 | 7:45 pm
Wildlife officers have captured a leopard that attacked and killed a woman in Nawalapitiya.
The Wildlife Department says the big cat is to be handed over to the National Zoo in Dehiwela.
The Wildlife Department notes that the leopard was captured in a night-time operation by Wildlife officials at an estate in Nawalapitiya. The department notes that the leopard, a 7-year-old female, was healthy and strong.
Director General of Wildlife H.D. Ratnayake noted that it had been decided to temporarily shelter the animal at the National Zoo in Dehiwela, as it could pose a threat to human lives if released to the wild. The animal, who was taken to the Wildlife Office in Nuwara Eliya, was handed over to officials from the National Zoological Gardens on August 10 afternoon.
On Jul 16, the leopard attacked and killed a woman in the Barkepal area in Nawalapitiya.
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