Now, officials with the Land of the Leopard National Park, where Killy lives, are keeping eagle-eyes on camera trap footage in hopes they can see her and: A. Be assured that she is still alive, and B. Try to assess any injuries she may have sustained.
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"Clearly it won't be easy, because this three-year-old leopard is known for her secretive behavior," a park official told the Times.
Despite a recent, relative population boom and doubling of its kind over the last decade, in raw numbers Amur leopards remain in a precarious place. The International Union For Conservation of Nature lists the cat as "critically endangered" on its "red list" of threatened species. Estimates vary, but there are generally thought to be only about 70 to 80 left. They've lost numbers to forest destruction and poaching, and potential for inbreeding among the diminished population also threatens the species' long-term viability.
As for Killy, for now officials can only hope for the best. On its Facebook page, the Land of the Leopard National Park wrote that the injured cat "probably survived," but until camera footage or an eyewitness can verify that, her status remains uncertain.
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