Leopard poaching, the cases keep rolling in…

Earlier this morning I made this tweet, look at it then read on below it…

So don’t get me wrong, poaching is still a hell of an issue. The image is from yet another case in Odisha, I got informed last night and details are still coming but there was one arrest. When I’m not in the jungle I’m currently pouring a lot of time into the databases, a colleague and I in conjunction with other agencies are involved in case follow up, it’s part of #antisnare that justice is done because so many times it isn’t. Leopard poaching cases in India and Nepal are up on last year, the situation is chronic, everyday there are reports of leopards dying in different ways. 2020 was supposed to be the start of the decade where we improved things from the last 3 decades when thousands of leopards have been killed but as in the trajectory with wildlife in general it’s a bad start. I’ll be honest, it disgusts me, it also disgusts me more people don’t want to help this cat. People ask me how I cope, my jungle time really helps, it clears my head, especially with the leopard rehab situation, that requires absolute focus but I’m human, this thing does affect me because I have huge regard leopards, I know first hand what incredible creatures they are. I’m not going to hide from it though, that in itself is a huge problem in that there are not enough people with the courage to really face the wildlife crisis, there are too many people playing games. The only other thing which keeps me going is the knowledge we can turn this round … there’s no doubt the next ten years is the deal breaker though…

Appended later in the day: