Nepalese residents who live near Annapurna, in response, have undertaken a campaign to conserve the snow leopard. A major source of strife between the Nepalese and the leopards stem from predation on livestock - such as the Chauri gai, a cross between a hill cow and a yak. But residents are now building protective sheds, rather than taking lethal retribution toward cats who are predatory by nature. Funds will also go toward compensating farmers who have lost animals to the leopards, as well as education to raise awareness, Nepalese news outlet Kantipur reports. It's a critical measure for the "dwindling number of the endangered snow leopard" in the area, says Sudip Adhikari, a wildlife management officer in the Manag area.
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