Maisam Alahmed, Poachers Beware! Combating Snow Leopard Poaching in Kyrgyzstan, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages 6 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/poachers-beware-combating-snow-leopard-poaching-in-kyrgyzstan/) Abstract: Snow leopards, a strikingly magnificent species of wild cats, are facing the risk of decreasing rapidly into extinction. Although snow leopards are spread across the mountains of 12 Asian countries, a range of over 750,000 square miles, scientists state that there are only 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards left in the wild. With the increasing prevalence of poachers, their numbers are declining fast. In Kyrgyzstan, poachers could not be stopped easily due to the fact that they are influential figures and that park rangers lacked the funding and resources to have a strong impact in keeping away illegal hunters. Citizen Ranger Wildlife Protection Program (CRWPP), a project led by the government of Kyrgyzstan and the Snow Leopard Trust Fund, is proposing a comprehensive plan to level the playing field between the poachers and the rangers. CRWPP will use the incentives of both a monetary award amounting to US$250 and recognition with the presentation of a certificate to empower park … Topics: Conservation