Russian snow leopard population stable

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The results of the snow leopard survey led in the Altai mountains of Russia were released in late May, and showed that the population is stable with an estimated 43-47 animals in the area surveyed. However, one finding was very worrying: there are very few siberian mountain goats in Buryatia, which is far less than necessary to support any stable population of wild cats.

The WWF will now survey other areas in a 2017 adicional survey, that was not covered in the last survey. It is expected to identify 25 more cats, to reach a population of 20 snow leopards for Russia. Another important survey should be held to better estimate the siberian mountain goats, which is the main prey for snow leopard in the Altai mountains of Russia.

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