There are several reasons why leopards have become endangered, and their numbers have dropped drastically, nearly to the point of extinction. A well-known culprit is poaching; thanks to the beautiful designs found on leopard pelts, the animals were hunted for their fur, a practice that peaked in the 1980s and 1990s due to high demands in the fur fashion industry.
Another reason is the relationship between leopards and cattle owners in Africa, which has always been contentious, since leopards would prey on cattle. However, in the last 100 years, the instances of leopards attacking cows has increased, due to human encroachment onto leopard habitats. It is still illegal for a farmer to kill a leopard, but in remote many parts of Africa, law enforcement is not very prevalent, and poaching crimes may go unnoticed.
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