Enhanced protection for Tigers leaves Leopards vulnerable to Poaching

A leopard in Rajaji, Uttarakhand
Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj
Leopards are also threatened by conflict with humans as they tend to live away from tiger ranges and closer to human settlements.

Poachers have shifted their attention to leopards, now that tigers are being protected with zeal. Leopard body parts are sold as tiger body parts. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are said to be the epicentre of this trade. Conservationists allege that for every tiger there are 10 leopards being poached. Leopards live on the fringes of the forests and are more vulnerable to poaching. There is a call for an accurate leopard census by the government.

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