Why do leopards die?

Another long day at the laptop and I’ve just been told my foot injury is going to take at least a month to heal. So it’s going to be a month of catching up on a lot of stuff. It doesn’t matter where I am though, the jungle
(because it’s too busy to not be there) or in front of this computer for now, every day alerts come through notifying of leopard fatalities, many of which, depending on locality, I follow up on. The one in the image is a melanistic leopard which died in Tamil Nadu, liver damage is known so far, hopefully more soon. It never ends, there’s many of course we never know about. What we do know is that the quota for leopards that can be killed in the name of trophy hunting is well over 2000 for 2020 across several countries. I will be publishing more details on this but for now, just understand that 5 to 6 leopards are killed like this on a daily average. Add to that the poaching, the retaliation kills and the unknowns, like the photograph and those never seen. Why do leopards die? For many reasons that are associated with us. My foot is injured but I don’t think about the pain because I’m too busy wondering why more people don’t care about why leopards die…