A brown bear family sighted in Hundrap, Ghizer
Gilgit, June 21: The Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan, has said that a family of Brown Bear has been sighted in Hundrap area of Phandar, located in Ghizer District of Gilgit – Baltistan. According to a press statement members of an occupancy survey team sighted the Brown Bear family from an approximate distance of almost 100m.
The site occupancy survey in Pahndar was a two week activity to document occurrence of large carnivores, the press statement states, in which an area comprising of 51 grid cells (5 x 5 km each) were searched by six experienced researchers. The main localities surveyed included Langer, Barsit, Teru, Hundrab, Serbal and Chashi. The presence of brown bear, wolf, fox and ibex was confirmed in different parts of the area through their signs. Sighting of brown bear in Hundrab strengthened the evidences.
Gupis: The surveyors think that the population of the endangered Brown Bear in Hundrap might be very small. PR
When vultures die, rabies and anthrax are born
By Our Correspondent
Published: December 23, 2012
The declining population of vultures is causing a significant rise in diseases, such as rabies and anthrax, in countries in this region, including Pakistan and India.
The rotting animal carcasses also pollute ground water, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) experts pointed out at a meeting with IUCN member organisation’s national committee.
IUCN Asia’s regional director Aban Marker Kabraji mentioned that the population of vultures in South Asia was around 100 million, 20 yeas ago, but now it has gone down to 20,000. “It is one of the fastest declining bird species in the world,” he said. “It is remarkable specie that provides cleaning services free of charge.”
Leopard attack: Woman injured trying to save herself
By Our Correspondent
Published: December 9, 2012
MANSEHRA: A woman was injured and hospitalised when a leopard attacked her in a remote village of Jabar Devli.
This was the second incident in which a human was attacked by the animal that has also made a number of cattle its prey during the last few months. According to the details provided by residents of Jabar Devli village, Alaf Janay, 45, was busy collecting firewood in the forest when a leopard leapt at her.
Fortunately, some villagers were grazing their cattle in the vicinity and heard her shout for help. They managed to scare the animal who ran away, leaving Devli critically injured. She was rushed to King Abdullah Teaching Hospital. Devli suffered multiple scratches on her arms and body when she attempted to guard herself from the ferocious animal. Her condition is now stated to be out of danger. A wildlife official said that there are scores of leopards in the hilly areas of Mansehra district.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 9th, 2012.
Two new leopard cubs at Dhodiyal pheasantry
By Our Correspondent
Published: December 5, 2012
The Dhodiyal Pheasantry in Hazara welcomed two new additions to its animal family, when it was announced on Tuesday that a female leopard gave birth to two cubs.
Officials said that the cubs were born a couple of weeks ago and that the total number of leopards at the pheasantry has now increased to six. The sex of the cubs is yet to be determined as the protective mother has not let staff near the cage yet.
The pregnant leopard was bought to the centre after being caught by wildlife authorities who received growing numbers of complaints about cattle being attacked by an animal. The authorities introduced the leopard to the cage where three other leopards were already living.
One of the cubs at the pheasantry. PHOTO: EXPRESS
Captured leopardess gives birth to twin cubs
From the Newspaper | Our Correspondent | 5th December, 2012
MANSEHRA, Dec 4: A female leopard that was captured by the wildlife department in injured condition from a dense forest in Kaghan valley last month has given birth to twin cubs at Dodial Pheasantry.
An official at the pheasantry told Dawn on Tuesday that the mother and her cubs were in good health.
He said a team of the wildlife department headed by Range Officer, Balakot Shafiqur Rehman had captured the leopardess from Hangrai area in Kaghan valley.
“The leopardess that suffered a back injury while jumping a prey in the thick forest was taken to the pheasantry where it underwent a successful surgical procedure. On Sunday night, it gave birth to twin cubs,” he said.
Panic in Batkhela as killer leopard escapes Safari Park
By Rab Nawaz
Published: November 27, 2012
A wild leopard captured after killing two children in Abbottabad’s Thandiyani and Galyat last November has gone missing from the Safari Park of Rang Mala Peran.
It has not helped that Malakand wildlife officials have refused to comment. “At first they were not even accepting that the animal has escaped,” a resident and social activist Rasheed Khan told The Express Tribune. It was only after four days had passed that one official revealed the truth on November 22.
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