Over the past decade, dozens of common leopards have been shot or poisoned in what wildlife officials fear is the systematic culling of one of Pakistan’s most endangered species. Photograph: Dinodia Photos/Alamy
With descriptive stories that bring to mind mythological tales of man against beast, Abbottabad residents claim to be locked in a terrifying battle against Pakistan’s endangered population of leopards. The big cats – referred to as common leopards to distinguish them from their smaller cousins, snow leopards – lurk in the Himalayan foothills.
At dusk, common leopards slink from the mountains into the villages that have been steadily encroaching deeper into Pakistan’s forests. Then, residents say, they pounce – killing at least four people and injuring several others over the past four years. Read more.