Deforestation resulting from commercial logging and the growth of human settlements is thought to be the foremost threat to this species, (7). Not only does deforestation remove the clouded leopard's own shelter and habitat, but it reduces the number of prey species (4). As humans have increasingly encroached on their habitats, these leopards have been known to prey on livestock which puts them at risk of being killed by the owners (2). Another major threat is the hunting of this cat for its beautiful pelt and decorative teeth as well as its bones, which are prized in the traditional Asian medicinal trade (6). Clouded leopards have even featured on the menu of restaurants in Thailand and China which cater to wealthy Asian tourists (6).
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