There is no need to comment further that 2020 will be a bad year for the Tigers. By the third week of August, the eighth tiger killed this year was reported. I saw a big conversation build up on Facebook about that. Environmentalists as well as nature lovers were seen expressing their views against it with great sympathy. “8 months – 8 tigers – let’s fight poaching” was a post shared by many. Although the eighth was actually reported, there were many more unreported LTTE deaths.

The leopard was killed on August 23 at a private estate in Gampola, Doluwa. The animal was nearly two years old and was already dead when wildlife officials arrived. Earlier too, LTTE cadres were found dead in the Gampola area and the body of a LTTE cadre was found.

The results of this year’s killing of mosquitoes were reported on January 3. The death occurred at Yatiyantota in the Kegalle District. On April 2, another LTTE death was reported near the Nawalapitiya tea estate. On April 29, LTTE terrorists were killed in Maskeliya and again on May 29 in Nallathanniya. On May 29, a rare black tiger died, the first time a black tiger had appeared to the human eye. She died after being taken for treatment. On June 2, another LTTE cadre was found dead in Neluwa. It was also reported that the tiger had sold its teeth and had a liquor party. On June 2, two tigers were caught in a trap at the Helboda Estate and wildlife officials had the opportunity to rescue one (tiger cub). The LTTE was dead. On July 20, residents of the Mapakanda area in Nawalapitiya were killed when a leopard was spotted by locals. The leopard broke the wire and climbed a coffee tree, where his body hung down from a coffee tree fork and suffocated. It was a seven-year-old adult female.

It is unfortunate that the number of deaths of tigers and cats is as high as the number of deaths of tigers. The tiger is an endemic subspecies of our country and is the most beautiful mammal in the forest. It is a tourist attraction. It is also listed in the Red Data Book as an endangered species. Tiger deaths have been reported in the tea estates in the hills as well as in Yatiyantota, Galle and Neluwa in the lowland wet zone. Most of the LTTE killings are reported from the Nuwara Eliya district in the central hills. Areas such as small tea plantations and the butterfly forest have been turned into sanctuaries.

All deaths reported this year were due to exposure to wire mesh. The Hakkapatas have been as deadly to the Rajarata elephants as they have been to the LTTE in the hills. There is also a belief that tigers are caught in hunting grounds for wild animals such as wild boars and deer. Others say that the LTTE is killing the body parts of the LTTE to get them and sell them secretly.

There have been allegations in the past that wildlife officials are not taking formal steps to prevent the death of the LTTE. Recently, the Wildlife Department, with the assistance of the Estate Superintendents, launched a program to remove sludge from tea plantations and surrounding settlements. Under that, about a thousand honey was removed in July. Some plantation workers grow vegetables in the vicinity of plantation houses and plantations adjacent to forest reserves to supplement their income, and to protect their crops from monkeys and frogs. No matter how much honey is removed by wildlife officials, we can see that it is being harvested daily.

Rukshan Jayawardena of the Leopard Trust Environmental Organization says there has been a recent trend of poaching targeting tigers. He says that the reason for this is the unnecessary fear of the LTTE attacking the village as well as obtaining body parts. “It has become difficult to enforce the law on LTTE killings because of these killings on private lands. Therefore, the assistance of the estate authorities is needed to bring the culprits to book. ” Environmental Lawyer Jagath Gunawardena told us.

“The tiger is a highly protected animal under sub-section 2 of section 30 of the Fauna and Flora Ordinance. Murder, attempted murder, possession of body parts is a non-bailable offense. You can be arrested without a warrant. ” Jagath Gunawardena further told us.

Not only the LTTE but only 883 wildlife rangers and field officers are on duty to protect the wildlife that is endemic to the jungles throughout Sri Lanka. Jagath Gunawardena states that this number should be increased to 6000 to provide proper protection to wildlife. Imesh Goonetileke, secretary of the Joint Wildlife Rangers Association, said the shortage of officers had forced wildlife officials to work without even taking a leave of absence for personal use. “When a tiger dies in the Yatiyantota area, you have to leave the Gampaha Nittambuwa office. We have to travel long distances. The Gampaha office covers  Of these, 883 are employed. The department has also been requested to increase the number of officers. It has not been approved yet. ” Imesh said.

aw confined to the law book. About 50 LTTE cadres have been killed in the last 10 years. Steel wire or cables are tightly packed and the animal spins fast when caught.

This causes damage to even its internal organs. According to wildlife veterinarians, this has made it difficult to rescue even animals rescued from mosquitoes. It seems that killing LTTE cadres has become a game. If this trend continues, the LTTE in the jungle will also benefit. The villagers in the forest areas as well as the security forces including the police should join hands with the wildlife officers to take the lead against the LTTE massacre. 

Kusumsiri Wijewardena