The US Fish & Wildlife Service and Snow Leopard Conservationists Team up to Fight Poaching

Snow Leopard by Mark Dumont. CC BY-NC 2.0

The Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) recently shared an important article on their blog. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has joined the fight against snow leopard poaching.

Poaching is a significant problem for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The SLT’s article states that at least four snow leopards each week, and possibly one per day, are poached. Unfortunately, this is likely to be an underestimate.

Snow leopard fur and body parts are sought after in the illegal wildlife trade. It is believed that like jaguars, their bones are being used as tiger substitutes for traditional Asian medicine. Indeed, snow leopard DNA has been found in traditional ‘medicine’ products.

To combat this growing threat, conservationists need better and more accessible information about snow leopard poaching and illegal trading. To this end, the USFWS, SLT, and Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) have teamed up to create a new anti-poaching database.

This database will be a crucial tool for protecting snow leopards. It will unite disparate bits of information, track trends in snow leopard poaching and illegal trading, and make it easier for stakeholders to share their knowledge with each other. The result will be more targeted, strategic efforts to combat poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.

For my part, I am thrilled to see all of these agencies working together. Conservation-related news involving the US has been largely negative lately, so I am happy to see the USFWS contributing to this vital project.

Be sure to check out the original article for more information!

Click Here for the Original Article from the Snow Leopard Trust

17 Thoughts

  1. I wonder if all people buying the products are aware that snow leopards were killed in the process? I’m glad that the internet is an asset in solving the problem though. It sounds like an interesting project with a huge potential to track poaching.

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    1. I’m not sure how much the consumers ultimately know; although as I understand it they think they’re buying products made from tigers, which are even closer to extinction than snow leopards.

      I do hope this project works out! The internet can both help and harm wildlife conservation.

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