Snow leopard spotted at Himachal | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

Snow leopard spotted at Himachal

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Snow leopard was spotted at height of about 4,000 metres in Lippa-Asra wildlife sanctuary in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
The animal’s picture was captured by camera-trap installed by State Wildlife Department. This findings have ascertained that snow leopards are inhabiting new areas. The sanctuary is part of district Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh and also is part of Moorang town. Snow leopard (Panthera uncial) is large cat native to mountain ranges of Central and South Asia- including Himalayas, and Russia’s remote Altai mountains. It inhabits in alpine and subalpine zones at elevations from 3,000 to 4,500 m. In northern range countries, it is also found at lower elevations. It mostly feed on wild animals, but also prey on livestock. It usually hunts at dawn and dusk and is able to kill prey up to three times their own weight. In India, it is found in states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.

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