Motorists urged to be vigilant after Cape leopard fatality
A Cape leopard was hit by a vehicle along the N1 highway between Worcester and De Doorns on Monday evening, 8 April around 19:00.
With the safety and protection of the animal in mind, as well as the threat it potentially poses to humans, careful consideration was given to determine the most appropriate action.
The leopard which sustained an injury to the head, was rushed to a nearby veterinarian at Worcester Animal Clinic for a prognosis. During the examination the cat unfortunately succumbed to its injuries and died. The veterinarian confirmed that it was a mature non-lactating female.
The carcass will be retained, and contribute towards valuable research.
Motorists are urged to be vigilant when observing warning signs indicating animal activity in the vicinity, particularly along mountain passes bordered with natural vegetation, where wildlife roam in the landscape.
CapeNature would further like to acknowledge the swift reaction by members of the public for contacting and notifying conservation authorities of the incident.