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In Ladakh, community-based ecotourism is helping promote positive perceptions of the snow leopard
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In Ladakh, community-based ecotourism is helping promote positive perceptions of the snow leopard

Catching a glimpse of the famed, elusive snow leopard while trekking the rugged and remote mountains of Ladakh may be a dream come true for wildlife seekers. However, these predators have had a bad rap among local villagers, many of whom often regarded them as pests, because of their tendency to prey on livestock — sometimes killing many in a single incident. As a result, some local livestock herders resorted to retaliatory killings of these cats.