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Braden, K. E. (1988). Economic Development in Six Regions of Snow Leopard Habitat in the U.S.S.R. In H.Freeman (Ed.), (pp. 227–246). India: International Snow Leopard Trust and the Wildlife Institute of India.
Abstract: The Disappearance of traditional ungulate prey of the snow leopard may be contributing to its endangered status in the wild. Soviet biologists have noted that wild sheep are a primary prey of the snow leopard in the southern Russian union republic and the Central Asian union republic of the U.S.S.R. While poaching appears to have had some impact on the status of these sheep, econmic pressures may be contributing to their decrease. Evidence presented for KAzakhstan and three regions of the Russian republic demonstrates that commercial sheep and goat production appears to be growing at a very high pace in these areas, thus consumming habitat otherwise available for wild herds.