Lanzhou, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) - Lan Jianrong still working for persistent fears after meeting a snow leopard head a few days ago.

"When my wife and I were on the way back from delivering sheep to our customers last Monday, we saw a snow leopard sitting on a mound about 100 meters from the road in Yangge Village at the Foot of northern Qilian mountains, "Lan said. Lan is a pastor in the Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, Gansu Province, northwest China.

"Then the big cat began to move slowly towards us," he said.

". This is the second time I found a snow leopard is much bigger than I thought," said veteran pastor. "Usually they are idle at an altitude of about 3,000 meters, but the cat appeared in a place about 2,000 meters above sea level this time."

As got the mammal Closer, Lan and his wife shook in their shoes and were afraid to move on. They, and a villager who came later, their motorcycles parked on the side of the road and lit a fire with hay.

But the roar of motorcycles and burning flames did not scare the animal as expected. Instead, he continued to approach slowly and gently, his eyes followed the three. Only three or four meters away, he seemed ready to attack.

The three could only throw small stones at the animal despair. That made him retire to many meters away, but he was still reluctant to leave.

were stuck in the snow for nearly two hours before other villagers, who answered a call. For help, he got in a car.

"The big cat was probably protecting his food, and pastors could enter its range of security," said Ma Duifang, an official with the administration of section Gansu National Park Qilianas Mountains. The park covers 50,200 sq km to 34,400 km square in Gansu and Qinghai 15,800 sq km.

"So far, there is no precedent for snow leopards attacking people in the Qilian Mountains," said Ma, who has been involved in research wildlife in the mountains for more than a decade.

As a flagship species in the region, geography distribution and population of this rare leopard are among the key indicators to assess the local ecosystem and biodiversity, he said MA.

"The once rare elusive creatures are captured in the Gansu section of the Qilian Mountains," said the expert. "Wild animals, including snow leopards, have appeared frequently in recent years, indicating that their habitats are constantly improving."

Snow leopards are under protection as national level. and they are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The species inhabits mainly the Himalayas in central and southern Asia at an altitude of 2,500 to 4,500 meters.

in China, are in the alpine areas in the southwest and northwest. Regions including Tibet, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Gansu and Inner Mongolia.

"To strengthen the protection of wildlife, local authorities have implemented network management in the Qilian Mountains patrols improved and sentador remote satellite accurate. , strict control of human activities, afforestation and grass planting efforts, the vegetation coverage has improved greatly in the area, "Ma said.

more than 300 infrared cameras and other monitoring equipment working throughout the day to help researchers to obtain information on the population and distribution of wild animals.

"Incomplete statistics show the number

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