ISLT staff in India found that villagers in the Spiti region were unenthusiastic about the handicraft program, possibly because this is a relatively prosperous area compared to the Mongolian steppe.
So ISLT has agreed to help herders get basic animal vaccines, previously unavailable in this remote area.
ISLT will also help the villagers market their extra animals.
To remedy this, ISLT helped develop the Snow Leopard Information Management System (SLIMS), a methodology for collecting data on pug marks, scat, scrapes, scent marks, and other signs of snow leopard presence.
In other areas, McCarthy suspects that snow leopard populations were relatively healthy to begin with, and ISLT conservation programs have prevented declines from occurring.
In addition, ISLT is working to forge connections with organizations that are trying to reduce conflicts between humans and predators such as cougars and wolves.