Colombo, June 24, 2011
A leopard attacked a tea planter in the late night around 10. 00pm in the upcountry Agrapathana tea plantation in Sri Lanka recently.
Expanding farmlands and domestic animals attract more and more leopards towards human habitat in the small island of only 25,332 sq mi (65,610 sq km).
The department of wildlife records indicate that 5 leopards have been killed within the few of months in the current year.
‘Our investigations revealed that there are many animals close to human habitats at night resulting in more and more attacks on humans', a leading researcher and taxonomist said.
The leopard subspecies native to the country Panthera pardus kotiya has been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The animal population is believed to be declining due to poaching for trading of its skin and human-leopard conflict.
A wildlife department spokesman said that a huge six-foot beast was killed recently in the Giritale National Park where hunting of any animal is totally prohibited.
The country does not possess proper records of the illegal skin trade.