Chinese Duo Get 10 Years for Stoning Snow Leopard

Big Cat was attacking their sheep
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2010 2:08 AM CST
A male snow leopard cub at the Berlin Zoo last year.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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(Newser) – A pair of Chinese herdsmen who trapped and stoned to death a rare snow leopard for attacking their sheep have been sentenced to up to ten years in prison. Wildlife officials estimate that only 4,000 snow leopards exist. They live in the rocky mountains in central and southern Asia. Five others have been arrested in the death of 2 other snow leopards and are awaiting trial, reports the BBC.

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