Poaching, encroachment threaten India’s leopards

India's leopards are threatened by poachers hunting their body parts and villagers killing them for straying into human settlements, Reuters reported experts as saying on Tuesday.
Tiger populations have dwindled in recent years as a result of poaching, said the report, leading to an increase in leopards being killed them for their skins, as well as bones, claws and penises for use in traditional Asian medicines.
"Leopards were always in danger due to a shrinking habitat, but now with poachers after them there is an immediate need for conservation of the animals," the report cited Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, as saying.