Thursday, 12 September 2019

Leopard killed by villagers near the town of Darra Adam Khel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan.

A Leopard has been killed by villagers  near the town of Darra Adam Khel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, northern Pakistan, on Wednesday 11 September 2019. The villagers stated they had taken the action after the animal killed a number of Goats, and because its regular visits to their village caused them to become concerned that it presented a threat to Humans. This is the third Leopard killed in the region this year, something which has caused an outcry among animal lovers in Pakistan.

Villagers with the body of a Leopard killed after repeated attacks on domestic animals in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, on 10 September 2019. Gulf News/Facebook.

Leopards are considered to be Vulnerable under the terms of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, with the Indian subspecies, Panthera pardus fusca, considered to be particularly vulnerable due to South Asia's rapidly rising Human population, which has resulted in agriculture and other Human activities expanding into many former wilderness areas. In most parts of Pakistan killing a Leopard would almost certainly result in a criminal prosecution, though in areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that were until 2018 semi-autonomous self-governing 'tribal areas', this is less likely. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department has only very limited authority in remote regions of the province, and is instead concentrating on the development of education programs to raise awareness of conservation issues.

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