A brown bear family sighted in Hundrap, Ghizer
Our Correspondent

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

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Lack of care: Hut-bound baby snow leopard misses the jungle
By Shabbir Mir
Published: March 4, 2013

GILGIT: Life’s not easy if you injure yourself while jumping rocks on a river – especially if you are a furry little snow leopard, left languishing in a small brick hut, away from the jungle.

All hell broke loose when the little cub and his mother were crossing a river near the Khunjerab National Park in G-B in late December. In a sorry turn of fate, the leopardess reached the other side, but her child, who had hurt himself, was left behind. Upon being spotted by guards of the wildlife department, the little ball of fur was brought to a small village on the Pak-China border called Dhee and christened Qiq Maman, which means ‘little boy’ in the local language Wakhi.

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WWF-P Chitral rescued Himalayan Lynx (lynx isabellinus) from Chitral
by Kashif Ahmad March 04, 2013

The WWF-Pakistan Chitral have finally succeeded in capturing of a Lynx that injured two children and several cattle in Chuenj village of Chitral Pakistan.

CHITRAl : WWF-Pakistan Official sources said that after it injured two children and many cattle in Village Chuenj of Mustuj. According to Mr. Shafiqullah Khan Field Biologist associated with WWF-Pakistan the species was Lynx lynx isabellinus known as “Doorchon” in local language which is found in the forest of Chitral. 45 depredation cases of livestock from various localities of Mustuj have been recorded” said Juma Khan a local of Chenju. Mr. Nyazuddin an Official of Livestock department chitral confirmed that the health of the species is stable. Later on WWF-Pakistan and Local wildlife department officials released the species in Chitral Gol National Park.

Shahzad Kashif, KP Chitral Pakistan, 17200

Photo Credit Hamid Ahmad - WWF - Pakistan


Threatened wildlife: Villager kills leopard
By Muhammad Sadaqat
Published: February 18, 2013

HARIPUR: A leopard was shot dead by a villager in a remote village of Ghazi tehsil, wildlife and police officials told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

An official requesting anonymity said the animal somehow strayed into the low-lying settled area, possibly in search of food. It was then gunned down by a villager who claimed he killed the big cat in self-defence when it got too close to his house.

Wildlife District Officer Fazal Ahla said he raided a house in Budha village upon receiving an intelligence report and recovered the dead leopard. He confiscated the carcass and shifted it to District Veterinary Hospital for autopsy, after which it was sent to Peshawar for taxidermy.

Ahla said the accused villager, identified as Akhtar Shah, admitted during questioning that the animal came too close to his house and did not budge despite repeated efforts. “After failing to scare the animal away from the populated area, I shot it with a 12 bore shotgun four times and killed it,” Shah told the media and wildlife authorities.

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Villagers say two leopards killed, officials confirm one
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 11, 2013

Wildlife officials on Thursday confirmed that a leopard had been killed in the Beerot area, but villagers said a second leopard was also shot dead by unknown persons in Khera Gali area.

“I have the body of only one dead leopard so I cannot confirm the killing of the second one, unless I have possession of the carcass,” said Wildlife Range Officer Muhammad Khurshid.

He added it was shot dead in a far off village in Longial in the union council of Beerot four days earlier.

Khurshid said the leopard was a female aged between 5 to 6 years and was not an adult. He added the reason for it being killed had not yet been ascertained. “It is yet to be determined if the animal was shot in a populated area or in the forest.”

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WWF-Pakistan honours nature conservationists with awards

M. Waqar Bhatti
Friday, January 11, 2013
From Print Edition


The Worldwide Fund for Nature – Pakistan on Thursday gave awards to conservationists and organisations for their role in conserving nature and biodiversity in the country.

The awards were distributed during a ceremony held at a local hotel, where the Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award (SAAC), the Living Planet Award and Women in Nature Conservation Award were handed to conservationists.

WWF-Pakistan officials said the distribution was aimed at creating awareness about environmental issues, conservation of natural resources of the country and mitigating pollution.

Speaking at the award distribution ceremony, Sindh Secretary Wildlife Mushtaq Memon said the province was fortunate enough to have a vast range of biodiversity resources such as the hog deer, the otter and the Indus River dolphin, which were ecologically important.

The WWF-Pakistan successfully completed the first phase of the Indus for All Program in collaboration with numerous stakeholders, including the Sindh government.

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