Stock image of a clouded leopard. (Wikimedia Commons photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A leopard thought to be extinct, the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura), has been spotted by several witnesses in the wilderness of southeast Taiwan, reported CNA . Alangyi Village rangers recently spotted what they believed to be a Formosan clouded leopard hunting goats on a cliff in Taitung County’s Daren Township. In response, the Taitung District Office of the Forestry Bureau said that this is a very important development and they are actively working on confirming the sighting. Kao Cheng-chi (高正治), President of the Association of the Austronesian Community College Development Association and village chief of the Paiwan Tribe, said that in June of last year, the Alangyi Village set up a team of rangers to patrol traditional areas. Unexpectedly, two different groups of rangers spotted what the Paiwan people refer to as "Li’ uljaw," or what is known in the West as the Formosan clouded leopard, on the prowl in the wild. One team member vividly described clearly seeing a leopard climbing a tree, before scrambling up a cliff to hunt goats. Another team member described seeing a leopard darting past a scooter before […]

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