Update: Leopard deaths on the rise in Agarapathana

Update: Leopard deaths on the rise in Agarapathana

Update: Leopard deaths on the rise in Agarapathana

Written by Staff Writer

09 May, 2016 | 9:08 pm

Another leopard carcass was discovered in an estate in Agrapathana, Nuwara Eliya on Monday, May 9.

The leopard carcass was discovered in the Preston Estate in Agrapathana, Nuwara Eliya on Monday morning. According to our reporter, the dead leopard was about three feet in length. While the cause of death has not been ascertained, the Nuwara Eliya Wildlife Office said the carcasses of two dogs were also discovered at the location.

The wildlife office is conducting investigations to determine if the leopard had ingested any poison. A leopard carcass was discovered in the Preston Estate on Sunday as well. Residents say leopards encroach on their homes to prey on domestic animals. They say that humans have also been attacked.

People of the area noted that they live in fear of leopards as their children go to school. They requested that action be taken so that they can engage in their activities peacefully.

The Sri Lankan leopard is a threatened species as per the Red List. Over the past several months, News1st has reported on several instances where leopards have been killed in the Nuwara Eliya district. The majority of these animals were killed when they were caught in traps set by humans.

Environmentalist, Sajeewa Chamikara stated that the killing of leopards has become a racket in many parts of the Nuwara Eliya district as smugglers operating close to the capital are involved with some of these trappers and buy the meat, skin, claws and other parts of the animal’s body.

According to media reports over the past several years, about ten leopards are killed every year. Environmentalists say that in this backdrop, a special program should be initiated to protect the endemic Sri Lankan leopard, which is already a threatened species.

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