Snow leopards are powerful predators that are only hunted by humans. While snow leopards are sometimes killed by humans for their meat, they are more often killed by poachers who sell the animal's fur, bones and other body parts to collectors and traditional Asian medicine practitioners.
The snow leopard is the top wild predator in its mountain habitat of Central Asia. Its main prey is wild sheep, but in scarce times it does attack domestic farm animals. As of 2014, snow leopards are an endangered species. Their population is at risk due to poaching, retribution killings by farmers, loss of natural habitat and prey, and mining activity.