Fifth Iranian cheetah dies in less than a month

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.27
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The fifth Iranian cheetah died on Thursday in an accident with a car in Gachsaran, southwest of the country, the Mehr News Agency reported on Dec. 27.

Medical treatments were not effective and the cheetah cub died as a result of internal bleeding after the incident, Mehr quoted Kian Houshmand, an official with the Iranian environment protection department as saying.

The survival of the Asiatic cheetah, which is now also known as the Iranian cheetah, remains unsecured, Morteza Eslami, head of the Iranian Cheetah Society told Trend on Nov. 8.

ICS is a non-governmental, organization working to save the Asiatic cheetah (which is now found only in Iran) for the sake of biodiversity.

On November 3, Iranian Mehr news agency quoted Iranian Vice President and head of Environmental Protection Organization Massoumeh Ebtekar as saying that concerns for the cheetah's survival in Iran have by and large been mitigated.

Presently, there are between 40 to 70 Asiatic cheetahs in Iran, based on last three year's surveys conducted by ICS, Morteza Eslami said.

Eslami underlined that the human activities factor including mining projects and road constructions in Cheetah habitants are threatening their life.

About two third of cheetah death were caused by road accidents in 2012-2013, Eslami underlined.
The cheetah is also affected by loss of prey as a result of overgrazing from livestock and illegal hunting, he said.

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