• Hunters have killed one of the last seven surviving female Amur leopards • There are 25 to 34 Amur leopards still living in the wild, WWF reported last week • WWF: Hunter shot the leopard through the tail bone and then beat it in the head • Environmentalist calls the killing cowardly and stupid
MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- Hunters in Russia's Far East have shot and killed one of the last seven surviving female Amur leopards living in the wild, WWF said on Monday, driving the species even closer to extinction.
Last week environmentalists said there were only between 25 and 34 Amur leopards -- described as one of the most graceful cats in the world -- still living in the wild. (Full story)
At least 100 are needed to guarantee the species' survival which depends upon female leopards breeding. There are more male leopards in the wild than female because cats tend to breed males when under stress, WWF said.