Link: http://pamirtimes.net/2012/06/22/a-brown-bear-family-sighted-hundrap-gilgit-baltistan/

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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Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/491305/search-for-food-girl-wounded-critically-in-leopard-attack/

Girl wounded critically in leopard attack
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 9, 2013

A leopard attacked a girl in Bagan village, Galiyat on Tuesday, critically wounding her, police and hospital officials said.

Muhammad Pervez, father of seven-year-old Sumayya Bibi, told police that she was collecting firewood in the nearby forest when she was attacked.

She cried for help. Pervez and a group of villagers rallied to where she was to see the animal trying to drag her off deeper into the forest. They threw rocks at the leopard and fired warning shots, scaring it away.

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Paguma Larvata
01/08/13

Rare turtle seen along Sindh coast

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-151090-Rare-turtle-seen-along-Sindh-coast

Rare turtle seen along Sindh coast

M. Waqar Bhatti
Saturday, December 29, 2012
From Print Edition
Karachi

Marine scientists associated with the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan have observed rare Olive Ridley turtles, the endangered specie of turtles believed to have become extinct several years back, on Pakistani shores recently.

WWF-Pakistan officials said on Friday that they have recorded presence of a viable population of Olive Ridley turtle in Pakistan after seven years.

“Two species of marine turtles - Green turtle and Olive Ridley turtle - used to abound our side of the Arabian Sea and frequently visiting some of the selected sandy beaches along the coast of Pakistan. Female Olive Ridley turtles are frequent visitors of sandy beaches at Hawks Bay and Sandspit but scientists and the Sindh Wildlife Department have observed sudden decline in the population in early 2000 and since then no Olive Ridley turtle was witnessed in Pakistan,” said Rab Nawaz, a WWF-Pakistan official based in Sindh.

He said it was generally accepted that Olive Ridley turtle had become extinct.

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Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/487287/endangered-species-injured-cub-rescued-by-wildlife-authorities/

Endangered species: Injured Snow Leopard cub rescued by wildlife authorities
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 1, 2013

The Gigit-Baltistan Wildlife Department has taken into custody an injured snow leopard cub after it was spotted at a river bank in Gojal valley on the China border.

A leopard, possibly its mother, was believed to be accompanying the cub when it (the cub) got injured as they attempted to cross a river in the Khunjerab National Park, the third largest park of the country and one of world’s highest parks at altitude ranging between 3,660 metres to 6,000 metres.

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Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/481760/spotted-and-killed-missing-leopard-gunned-down-in-malakand/

Spotted and killed: Missing leopard gunned down in Malakand
By Rab Nawaz
Published: December 20, 2012

The leopard was captured after it killed two teenagers in Thandiyani area of Abbottabad district and brought to the park last year in November. PHOTO: FILE

BATKHELA: A leopard that went missing from Safari Park of Rangmala Peran in Batkhela area of Malakand Agency was shot down on Wednesday.

The leopard was captured after it killed two teenagers in Thandiyani area of Abbottabad district and brought to the park last year in November. It went missing from his cage on November 22 due to the alleged negligence of the Malakand Wildlife Department.

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Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/483205/when-vultures-die-rabies-and-anthrax-are-born/

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.”

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