Snow leopard kills 27 Himalayan goats

Mustang, Jan 5: At least 27 Himalayan goats died after a herd snow leopards attacked the goats at Tetang village of Chhusang VDC-5 in upper Mustang.

Chief of Lho Manthang Office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Santosh Sherchan said that the snow leopards killed 27 Himalayan goats and injured two others by entering into the barn of farmer Ram Bahadur Gurung on Saturday night.

After the death of a large number of goats, farmer Gurung has suffered a huge loss.
As the campaign to conserve the snow leopard came into effect some four years ago, number of the beast has increased in the upper Mustang.

Sherchan said that the snow leopards enter into the villages for lack of preys in the jungle along with the rise in their number.

Earlier in September, the snow leopards had entered into the village and killed over 100 Himalayan goats of farmer resident Pemachheten Gurung at Marang village in Charang VDC.

ACAP Chief Sherchan said that the farmers would not have to bear losses from the snow leopard after the solar lights installation at animal sheds. “We are running awareness raising programmes targetting the locals,” he added.