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
Wildlife crimes: Leopard poisoned, buried secretly in Abbottabad
By Our Correspondent
Published: November 8, 2012
A villager in the Galiyat area of Abbottabad poisoned and secretly buried a leopard, authorities discovered on Wednesday.
After killing the leopard, the villager buried the animal but “the foul smell of the dead animal” led locals and officials of the wildlife department to investigate the killing.
Authorities have ordered a probe into the killing of the leopard, sources in the area revealed.
According to locals of the area, the leopard had been constantly attacking the cattle heads of the villagers in the Boji Kakul forest area due to which one of the villagers got infuriated and decided to put the animal to rest.
Peregrine Fund study shows that the ban on toxic veterinary drug diclofenac is effective in addressing Asian vulture crisis
29 October 2012
BOISE, Idaho – The number of critically endangered Long-billed Vultures in Pakistan is beginning to recover, thanks to a ban on the use of diclofenac, a veterinary drug that is toxic to vultures, according to a new study by The Peregrine Fund.
The article, “First evidence that populations of the critically endangered Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus in Pakistan have increased following the ban of the toxic veterinary drug diclofenac in south Asia,” was written by M. Jamshed I. Chaudry, Darcy L. Ogada, Riffat N. Malike, Munir Z. Virani, and Matthew D. Giovanni. It will be published in the peer-reviewed journal Bird Conservation International and is available online at:
Before the 2006 ban, vulture populations in Pakistan, India, and Nepal had dropped by up to 99%. Diclofenac, then a new drug in the veterinary market, was widely used to treat ailing cattle and other livestock, but vultures began dying by the thousands. The birds suffered renal failure after ingesting diclofenac-treated carcasses that had been left in the fields for scavengers.
30 houbara hunting permits issued to Gulf dignitaries
From the Newspaper | Bhagwandas | 27th October, 2012
KARACHI, Oct 26: The federal government has issued at least 30 special permits to royal family members and government officials of Arab states to hunt the highly rare and internationally protected bird species houbara bustard, it emerged on Friday.
Hunting of the internationally protected migratory bird is banned under various local and international conservation laws and Pakistanis are not allowed to hunt the precious bird, sources said.
During the hunting season 2012-13, the sources said, the favour had been extended to the royal families of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, State of Qatar and Kingdom of Bahrain, including three rulers (kings), four crown prices, an uncle of a ruler, brothers and other close family members of the rulers.
Pangolin trade betrays apathy for biodiversity
Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012
Conservationists see the decimation of pangolins (scaly anteaters) in Pakistan as a sign of the callousness with which this country’s rich biodiversity is being traded away for commercial gain, according to a report by the IPS.
Tariq Mahmood, an assistant professor, toldsIPS that if the illegal trade in pangolins – prized for their scales and meat – is not stemmed, the animal may well go extinct within the next few decades.
Between December 2011 and March 2012, Mahmood’s team of researchers recovered 50 pangolin carcasses in the Potohar district of Punjab province alone.
Healthy populations of predator and prey documented in MisgarChapurson, Gilgit-Baltistan
Thanks to SLN member Ali Nawaz for distributing this press release to the SLN.
SNOW LEOPARD FOUNDATION
“Abundance of signs suggest a healthy population of snow leopards in Misgar-Chapurson”, says Hussain Ali from Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) on completion of a month long site occupancy surveys in Misgar and Chapurson valleys, Hunza-Nagar, GilgitBaltistan. He explains objective of this survey was to explore presence/abundance of snow leopards and other sympatric carnivores in the area, as well as their conflicts with the local community.
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