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'Extinct' cloud leopard seen alive in Taiwan

Posted on Monday, 4 March, 2019 | Comment icon 4 comments

An illustration of a Formosan clouded leopard from 1862. Image Credit: Joseph Wolf
Two separate ranger patrols have reported sightings of the Formosan clouded leopard in a remote forest region.
Unique to Taiwan, this elusive leopard species was thought to have gone extinct as far back as the 1980s with the last confirmed record being of a leopard skin found in the Taroko area in 1989.

Since then, camera traps set up to photograph any remaining individuals have all come up empty.

Now though, ranger teams from Alangyi Village in southeast Taiwan have reported sightings of what they believe to be live Formosan clouded leopards out in the wilderness.

One team spotted a leopard climbing a tree and later scrambling up a cliff side to hunt goats, while another was seen darting past a scooter before climbing up a tree and disappearing.

The village has since stepped up its efforts to investigate and to keep hunters away from the area.

The Taitung District Office of the Forestry Bureau has hailed the sightings as an "important development" and is currently working to confirm the sightings.

Given how elusive and difficult to track down the Formosan clouded leopard was even when it was known to be alive however, confirming its survival now certainly won't be an easy task.

Source: Taiwan News | Comments (4)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 on 5 March, 2019, 5:35
"How much to go and shoot one?" -Donny and Eric Trump.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Susanc241 on 5 March, 2019, 8:05
Why couldn?t they have left the location, albeit approximate, out of the report? There are those who will want to 'bag' one just because it might be the last remaining individual. Such morons.
Comment icon #3 Posted by cathya on 5 March, 2019, 16:53
They should not have put the location of these rare animals on line...they need protection...not a place on a wall.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles on 6 March, 2019, 23:02
I kind of feel that the odds of them making it in the wild is slim.   Reproduction in a zoo may be their best chance. Then hopefully reintroduced.

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