During a recent ungulate survey in Khunjerab NP, the Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) team was in for a special treat! They came across a snow leopard family – a mother with three cubs! With their mobile phones and pocket cameras, the team managed to take some footage of the cats, before moving on to count ibex. You can watch the video below!

Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1219413

A bear for a human life: Who is the predator in Mansehra's human-bear conflict?
Muhammad Awais — Updated Nov 19, 2015 03:58pm

The month of November has been a particularly bloody one for the under-threat Asiatic black bears of Mansehra district. While the picturesque green hills and forests of the region are a natural habitat for the species, co-existence for man and wildlife has been anything but peaceful here.

Female bear killed in Hungrai. — Photo by author

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Paguma Larvata
11/24/15

Leopard kills minor in Abbottad

Link: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/11/24/national/leopard-kills-minor-in-abbottabad/

Leopard kills minor in Abbottabad
Islamabad National
November 24, 2015 BY Staff Report

A wild leopard attacked a 10-year-old boy Azhar, killing him in the forest area of Makol Bala in Abbottabad.

According to details, the incident took place when Azhar was playing outside the house and a wild leopard attacked him claiming his life on the spot. The relatives rushed out of the house after hearing screams but were unable to chase the beast.

The corpse of the deceased was taken to a hospital for post mortem after which the doctors handed over the body to the family. The incident has created fear among the locals.

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Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1218843/ferocious-black-bear-with-cubs-shot-dead-in-kaghan-valley

Ferocious black bear with cubs shot dead in Kaghan valley
The Newspaper's Correspondent — Published Nov 11, 2015

MANSEHRA: The black bear, which had attacked and seriously injured a woman and her son last week, was found shot dead along with her two cubs in Hangrai area of Kaghan valley on Tuesday.

“Yes, someone has shot and killed a black bear and her two cubs as the bear family had come down to populated area after the heavy snowfall and injured two people last week,” Khursheed Abbasi, range officer of wildlife department, told mediapersons.

A team of wildlife department, led by district forest officer wildlife Mohammad Faiq Khan, reached the Hungrai following the killing of black bear and her two cubs and sensitised the local community to the importance of wildlife in the area.

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Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1218444

‘Endangered’ black bear found dead and skinned
Tariq Naqash — Published Nov 09, 2015

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Wildlife Department found the body of an Asiatic black bear in Rahimkot village on Saturday and have started investigations into its death.

The female bear was spotted by an AJK Forest Department official, Chaudhry Ilyas, as it ‘lay dead in a water channel’.

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Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/where-bin-laden-hid-in-pakistan-tales-of-man-eating-leopards/2015/09/13/7b210772-5670-11e5-9f54-1ea23f6e02f3_story.html

Where Bin Laden hid in Pakistan, tales of ‘man-eating’ leopards

ABBOTTABAD, PAKISTAN — Osama bin Laden hid out here for months, if not years. But in the hills surrounding this town in northwestern Pakistan, residents say they face a far scarier menace than terrorists.

With descriptive stories that bring to mind mythological tales of man vs. beast, Abbottabad residents claim to be locked in a terrifying battle against Pakistan’s endangered population of leopards. The big cats — referred to as common leopards to distinguish them from their smaller cousins, snow leopards — lurk in the Himalayan foothills.

At dusk, common leopards slink out of the mountains into the farming villages that have been steadily encroaching deeper into Pakistan’s forests.

Then, residents say, they pounce — killing at least four people and injuring several others over the past four years.

“The leopard just sucked the blood out of her, and then she was dead,” said Zakir Abbasi, 36, recounting a leopard attack in January that killed his 7-year-old niece, Saba Noor.

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