A female Cape leopard was hit and killed by a motor vehicle on the N1 between Worcester and De Doorns last night.
The leopard was reportedly hit in the head by the vehicle but died during the prognosis at a nearby Worcester Animal Clinic.
An official statement from CapeNature said taking into account the safety and protection of the animal, along with the threat the animal poses to humans, careful consideration was given to “determine the most appropriate action” following the incident.
The governmental organisation responsible for the natural biodiversity conversation said that the wild cat’s body “will be retained, and contribute towards valuable research”.
Motorists have been urged to be cautious when driving in an area that has designated signs cautioning drivers of animals in the area.
“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.”