Apr 19, Colombo: The Wildlife Conservation Department has decided to close off the area at the Kumana National Park demarcated for leopard sightings for tourists after a maintenance worker of the park was killed and another was injured by a leopard yesterday.
Wildlife Conservation Department Director General M.G.C Sooriyabandara said the decision was made following the leopard attack on workers maintaining the roads in the park.
The leopard has attacked the group of workers at a place located some seven kilometers from the entrance to the national park.
It was reported that the leopard has dragged away the worker into the jungle and he has suffered fatal injuries.
The driver of the safari jeep with the wildlife officials who came to retrieve the body was also attacked by the leopard. He was seriously injured and is currently being treated at the ICU of the Ampara Base Hospital.
The deceased was a 45 year old resident of the Thirukkovil area.
Entry to the area of the park where the attack took place is temporarily suspended for visitors but the rest of the park is open to tourists, said the Manager of the park, Sisira Kumara Ratnayake.