Source: Tehran Times
Increasing the fine for killing leopards by 16 times to 800 million rials (nearly $20,000) and insuring the animals against any possible threat has resulted in fewer casualties in Iran, IRNA news agency reported.
From 2005 to 2014 some 156 leopards were killed in Iran, 20 leopards a year on
average, which decreased to 14 over the last Iranian calendar year (March 21,
2015 to March 19, 2016), according to the Department of Environment.
Owing to the newly drawn up leopard insurance policy which covers the losses both animals and human beings sustain due to the leopards' attack the number of casualties decreased to 5 in the current Iranian calendar year.
cartoon by Mohammadreza Saghafi, Shahrvand daily
So far the insurance company has paid some 2.4 billion rials (nearly $60,000) to
compensate for the loss of four leopards killed in the current year in addition
to some 2.5 billion rials (nearly $62,500) to make up for the losses caused by
the leopard to the livestock.
Poisoned baits, loss of habitats, and shepherds who might unintentionally injure or kill leopards to protect their livestock are of the threats against these species and in 70 percent of the cases leopards' deaths are down to human intervention. According to the figures currently there are less than 500 leopards nationwide.
cartoon by Saeed Sadeghi
The Department of Environment, the National Environment Fund, and the Ma
Insurance Co. first signed a memorandum of understanding on March 16, 2016,
aiming to coordinate measures to save the endangered Persian Leopard. The
insurance aims at compensating for the losses inflicted upon human beings,
livestock, and the leopards themselves.
The Persian leopard
(Panthera pardus ciscaucasica syn. Panthera pardus saxicolor), also called the
Caucasian leopard or Central Asian leopard, is the largest leopard subspecies
native to the Caucasus region, southern Azerbaijan, southern Turkmenistan, Iran
and parts of western Afghanistan.
Persian leopard is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List; the population is estimated at fewer than 871-1,290 mature individuals and considered declining. Leopards possibly also occur in northern Iraq.
A phylogenetic analysis suggests that the Persian leopard matrilineally belongs to a monophyletic group that diverged from a group of Asian leopards in the second half of the Pleistocene. (read more on wikipedia)
Photos: Death of an Iranian Leopard
A leopard that had suffered spinal cord injury due to shooting by hunters was put to sleep using euthanasia procedure and anesthetic injection. This heart-breaking incident happened in the Tonekabon region in northern Iran. - 1/14/14
Iran's Department of the Environment reports that 46 leopards were killed in the past six years in Iran. IRNA reports that the deputy head of Wildlife Protection said: "The leopard and its habitat are at risk of extinction." - 12/22/13
Rescue of an Iranian Leopard
A leopard that had been trapped in the crevices of the rocks by the river of Sezar in Sepiddasht region of the city of Khorramabad in western Iran was rescued by the environmental protection officials in an operation that lasted several hours. The injured leopard was treated and cared for before being released back to the wild. - 12/30/13
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