Snares kill female leopard, injure its cub

23 June 2020 03:22 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A leopard mother was found dead while its cub was injured after they were caught in two separate snares at Kothmale last night, Director Wildlife Health at Department of Wildlife Conservation Dr. Tharaka Prasad said.

He told Daily Mirror that the deceased (mother) might be seven years old while the injured leopard (cub) is two years old.   

“The Wildlife department is yet to identify the owner of the land where the snares were set and has decided to take legal actions against the owner,” Dr. Prasad said.   

 He said a special operation was launched to rescue the inured leopard which was in a critical condition.

However, he said the injured leopard was later released after providing relevant treatments,” he added.    

He said they believed the snares might have been set up by poachers.

“The body of the leopard that was killed is to be referred to a postmortem examination, Dr. Prasad said.

Several leopards including a rare black leopard were killed after being caught in snares during the past several months. (Sheain Fernandopulle and Shantha Chandrasiri)

 

 

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  • Lankan Tuesday, 23 June 2020 04:11 PM

    now the injured one also will be later told succumbed and died after our experience vet involvement

    Malathie de Silva Tuesday, 23 June 2020 05:43 PM

    It is so sad that this rear

    TIlak Gunaratne Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:00 AM

    The death of the mother leopard is catastrophic. She could have produced more generations. Also If the injured leopard was in a critical condition, how come they released the animal so quickly? This is laughable stock, isn't it. However, the wildlife authorities have done what they could do. After all, these animals are valuable only to people who love nature. Not the idiots who run the country. They have a much bigger issue now to deal with - "Cricket World cup match fixing". A disgraceful country

    Lion Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:20 AM

    Why not effectively ban this menace due to which our nation looses these rare beautiful animals.find the culprits give them maximum punishment. Lion

    Neville Jayakody Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:52 AM

    What is minister doing, Is he not capable to investigate the whole problem with the help of experts and come up with a tangible program to avoid this happening again and again, or is he on the side of porches?

    mnsmart Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:00 AM

    The Director should hang himself, what a shame


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