Villagers free snow leopard
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Rare snow leopard freed into the wild by villagers in Wakhan Corridor

Locals in the remote Wakhan district of Badakhshan province say they have released a rare snow leopard back into the wild after it attacked a villager’s livestock and killed eight sheep and goats.

A resident in the village of Warak said the villager affected had trapped the animal, freed it after he was promised a compensation for his livestock loss. 

Another resident stated that in recent years, poaching and hunting in the area has increased, putting rare animals and birds under threat of extinction.

Listed most endangered, according to WFF the snow leopard is among the most elusive cats in the world, which is usually found at 3,000 to 4,500m elevations in the mountains of 12 countries in central Asia and the Himalayas.