Longtail was shot in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. Bayara, our Mongolia Country Director, went to the study site immediately upon learning of his death. She met with the herder, Octyaber, while he was being interviewed by police and learned the cat was killed while raiding the herder’s livestock corral. Octyaber could face a fine, or even jail time, if it is determined he knowingly killed the snow leopard; however this has not yet been determined. Bayara also met with other government officials and eight families that have also suffered livestock losses in the area.
Right now, our staff in the US and Mongolia are working on a formal press release. A draft was recently translated into Mongolian so we can coordinate with the Mongolia Ministry of Nature and the Environment.
The map here shows in red where Longtail was killed. The yellow points show GPS recorded locations of his travels.