The BBC has reported a story that gladdens the heart of all of us working in snow leopard conservation. A herder found a snow leopard and filmed it after it had attacked and eaten a number of his sheep from his flock.
The herder said the cat was too full to jump out of the sheep’s pen in Qiangtang Nature Reserve. Staff from the local forestry department captured the cat which they then released further away from the herders location back into the wild.
In many cases in the past a snow leopard found like this may have been killed in retaliation for the herder’s loss. It is indeed wonderful that in this case the herder, although having lost some of his livelihood, did not harm the cat.