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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Paguma Larvata
08/29/12

Killing conservation

Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/427323/killing-conservation/

Killing conservation
By Editorial
Published: August 28, 2012

It should have been clear by now to authorities involved in conservation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) that efforts to save endangered species there are failing. In the second incident in just over three months, another leopard was shot dead by villagers in the Khadorda Village near the town of Bhimber. A similar incident involving the killing of a leopard took place in May this year. There have also been other cases before this, including one in 2010 when a snow leopard, one of the few rare species left in this world — was killed. AJK houses both, the snow leopard — with its distinctive white coat, and the common leopard.

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Paguma Larvata
08/29/12

Villagers kill another leopard in AJK

Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/426739/villagers-kill-another-leopard-in-ajk/

Villagers kill another leopard in AJK
By AH Nizami
Published: August 27, 2012

Villagers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) killed another leopard in self-defence, highlighting the lack of arrangements for wildlife conservation by the AJK State Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that a male leopard was shot in Bhimber district’s Kass Khadora village on Sunday morning. Villagers in Rawalakot district had shot dead another leopard eight months ago.

According to local freelance journalist Sajjad Jiraal, the village had been terrorised by a male and a female leopard over the past few days.

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Link: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/13190/the-mute-existence-and-extinction-of-peacocks/

The mute existence and extinction of peacocks
August 4, 2012

The beautiful bird caught Alexander’s (yes, Alexander the Great) attention while he was passing through Sindh. PHOTO: REUTERS The government tends to take notice only if the media becomes active- the media has an instrumental role to play. So why the silence?

The recent reports of peacock deaths in Thar, Sindh, have given rise to serious questions concerning the wildlife department and the media. It is estimated that around 200 peacocks have perished due to the outbreak of a highly contagious disease.

The disease is commonly referred to as Nokesal Rani Khet (New Castle disease). It is said to be transmitted from chickens. It is also alleged that the change in rainfall patterns could also be responsible for the spread of the disease.

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Paguma Larvata
07/30/12

Thar’s dying peacocks

Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/415161/thars-dying-peacocks-wildlife-department-denies-reports-of-disease-spreading-says-show-us-proof/

Thar’s dying peacocks: Wildlife department denies reports of disease spreading, says ‘show us proof’
By Our Correspondent
Published: July 31, 2012

HYDERABAD / KARACHI: The deadly viral disease in the peacocks has reportedly fanned out of Thar to the adjoining districts as the unofficial death count crosses 100.

The reports of the fresh wave of deaths, believed to be caused by the Newcastle Disease, came from Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Hyderabad.

The residents of Muhammad Baskh Kaloi village in Naukot area of Mirpurkhas said that they found nine dead peacocks from the wild near the Mehmood Shah graveyard. “There are also many sick birds which are whirling and frothing saliva from the mouth while their feathers are falling,” Kashif Kaloi and Abdullah Kaloi said while speaking to the media.

Abdullah said that people have started to mix tablets such as Disprin and Aspro in the drinking water for the birds to cure them.

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Paguma Larvata
07/30/12

100 peacocks die in Pakistan

Link: http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/5016e403c3d4ca975200000a/100-peacocks-die-in-pakistan

100 peacocks die in Pakistan

Officials fear that an outbreak of Newcastle disease is to blame for the death of more than 100 wild peacocks. Birds suffering from Newcastle suffer from coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, loss of appetite and often death.
Monday, July 30th 2012, 11:41 AM

Up to 100 wild peacocks have died suddenly in Pakistan, prompting fears of an outbreak of the highly contagious Newcastle disease.

Officials on Monday confirmed the deaths of at least 60 peacocks in Thar desert, part of southern Sindh province, over the last week. Local reports say more than 100 of the exotic birds have died.

The wildlife ministry said tests were being done to diagnose the cause of death, but said the wild peacocks had been weakened by starvation, deforestation and a lack of safe drinking water blamed on delays to the annual monsoon rains.

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