Hit and run vehicle kills leopardess in Yala

2015-08-30 16:19:18

The carcass of a young female leopard was found inside the Yala National Park reportedly a victim of another hit and run tragedy. The authorities had received reports of several animals being killed by careless drivers transporting visitors on safari.

Wild Life Department Director General H.D. Ratnayake told Daily Mirror that the carcass of the three year-old leopardess was found yesterday with its spinal cord badly injured.

He said the loss of a Leopardess would endanger the species roaming the Yala sanctuary and added several hit and run incidents had taken place in its vicinity with about eight deer being killed.

Mr. Ratnayake said he would request the Road Development Authority (RDA) to set up a method of speed control to monitor the motorists who drive from Kirinda Junction to the Yala sanctuary entrance.

“With the intention of strengthening the safety of animals, our department took action to disconnect mobile networks for visitors within the Yala National Park from July 20 to September 6 because it has been found that some careless visitors had driven their vehicles fast to reach rare animals after receiving text messages from other visitors, who randomly notice rare animals such as leopards. We have taken legal action against those involved in accidents,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 9

  • Rufus Randeniya Monday, 31 August 2015 07:14

    Significantly high road bumps at every 50 - 100 feet would save wild animals in sanctuaries.

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    Suresh Monday, 31 August 2015 08:48

    Hope they wont put traffic cops. But something needs to be done

    Reply : 0       15

    Raj Monday, 31 August 2015 09:04

    Only in Srilanka these type of things happens...The authorities should have taken steps to prevent this long time ago by making sure the trackers , park wardens should be educated and warned not to allow visitors to drive the vehicles more than 5 mph and have cameras posted and monitored of movements. Violators should be fined heavily for offenses..Srilanka as only few types of animals and should be protected if not visitors soon will only see jungles without animals.

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    Nikang Monday, 31 August 2015 13:23

    There are enough animals in parliament noh

    Reply : 4       11

    Ramola Monday, 31 August 2015 10:20

    Instead of carelessly driving their own vehicles visitors should be taken only in special govt safari vehicles to see animals in wildlife parks.

    Reply : 0       21

    Desh Monday, 31 August 2015 10:46

    Shows the extremely poor standards in this country. Is this a national park or a dirt race track ??? What are the authorities doing about this ?? This keeps happening continuously !!!

    Reply : 0       9

    TruthBoy Monday, 31 August 2015 12:28

    Hope they will catch this idot and let him pay for a replacement or auction his car

    Reply : 1       9

    Srikanthie Monday, 31 August 2015 15:27

    As a punishment to Tour operators and uncaring tourists the park should be closed for an indefinite period of time.

    Reply : 0       9

    Dayawathie Saturday, 5 September 2015 18:45

    Nikang, The animals in the Parliament are vultures, not leopards.

    Reply : 0       0

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