India Loses 106 Leopards In 2 Months, Conservationists Sound Alarm

05 March 2018


NEW DELHI:  A staggering 106 leopards have died in the first two months of this year in forest areas across the country- a number that conservationists and officials said was alarmingly high for the "vulnerable" feline species in India.

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), which compiled the data, the maximum number of deaths were due to poaching, as was evident from seizures of leopard hides and other body parts. Only 12 of the big cats died of natural causes.

Uttarakhand tops the list with 24 leopard deaths, followed by Maharashtra (18) and Rajashtan (11). The incidents of mortality were reported from 18 states.

According to official records, a total of 431 leopards died in 2017. These included 159 incidents of poaching. Some 450 big cats died in 2016 and 127 of them were found poached.

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