By Sultan Ahmed
Khunzhrav (misspelled as Khunjrab), November 20, 2010: The big cat (Snow Leopard) has killed over dozen sheep and goats belonging to Mirza Muhammad of Moorkhun village, in Gojal Valley.
According to reports the beast attacked at night and killed the sheeps and goats without facing resistance from anyone.
Locals are aware that killing of the beast is legally prohibited, because of the animal’s endangered status and because it is protected under the Snow Leopard Conservation Project.
While appreciating the need not to kill the Snow Leopard, the locals are worried about the safety of their cattle, which are the major means of livelihood for many families.
Whether the cattle were attacked by one or more Snow Leopards is unclear
In the past similar incidents of cattle being killed by a Snow Leopard have occured but the farmers have not been compensated by the government or other relevant organizations.
There is a fear that the locals might resort to killing of the endangered animal to save their cattle. In order to stop this from happening, it is important that the national and international organizations devise proper compensation plans for the affected farmers.