A uncommon snow leopard captured because it savaged livestock in a distant village within the Indian Himalayas might be despatched to a zoo as a substitute of being launched, officials mentioned Sunday, triggering outrage from activists.
The endangered creature was discovered on Saturday after it turned trapped inside a pen containing sheep and goats in Giu village close to the Tibetan border in India’s Himachal Pradesh state.
“The huge cat was unable to escape from the enclosure after killing a number of livestock,” wildlife official Hardev Negi, who led the staff that caught the snow leopard, instructed Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“The shepherd contacted us and we captured the animal in a cage,” Negi mentioned.
The state’s chief wildlife official Savita Sharma instructed AFP the snow leopard was not being launched because the incident concerned “wild animal-human battle,” including it will be transferred to a zoo within the foothills outdoors the state capital Shimla.
Officials estimated that the juvenile animal killed 43 sheep and goats within the pen over 4 days.
There are solely 44 snow leopards dwelling within the excessive passes and rugged valleys of Himachal Pradesh, in accordance to Sharma.
Rajeshwar Negi, the nationwide convener of Nature Watch India, mentioned the choice was condemning the creature to a life with out freedom.
“Don’t they know the way demanding it is going to be for the animal to be transported on a bumpy 350-kilometer-long street,” he instructed AFP. “Does it imply the snow leopard will spend the remainder of its life in a zoo as a substitute of the Himalayan wilds?”
He added that the animal would additionally endure within the increased temperatures on the zoo in Shimla, which is considerably hotter than its pure habitat.
As few as 4,000 of the mysterious animals might be left within the excessive mountains of Central Asia – their sole habitat – in accordance to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Negi mentioned snow leopards had been being compelled to transfer to decrease altitudes and prey on home animals because the populations of their pure prey – the ibex and blue sheep – have been decimated by looking.
Global warming can be threatening the survival of the massive cat, with hotter temperatures pushing the tree line increased and prompting farmers to transfer additional up the mountains to plant crops and graze livestock, encroaching on the snow leopards’ territory.