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Leopards also need greater protection

Not only tigers but leopards need considerable protection from poachers and other dangers.     While conservation efforts focus on the tiger as an apex predator and a flagship species, Maharashtra, which has a healthy population of leopards, has seen a loss of 458 of these since 2010, of which 74 were due to poaching. The number of leopard deaths due to accidents stands at 162, and 222 are due to natural causes.   See link below to read the story in Daily News Analysis