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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Confiscated deer to dwell in Kirthar Park
our correspondent
Friday, July 27, 2012

Four deer seized from a train at the Cantonment Railway Station by the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) have been over to the Kirthar National Park.

SWD’s Game Warden Mumtaz Soomro told The News on Thursday the deer had been given to the park as a natural habitat for such species exist there.

The SWD’s offices in Karachi lack proper facilities for the animals. Of the commonly found species in Cholistan and Tharparkar, three are female.

A First Offence Report against the smuggling bid has been filed and investigations are underway. No arrests have been made as yet.

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Bid to smuggle deer foiled


Bid to smuggle deer foiled

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A team of the Wildlife Department recovered four deer from the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, which were brought illegally from Bahawalpur by train.

Game Warden Officer Mumtaz Soomro, while briefing newsmen here on Wednesday, said that the team conducted a raid based on a tip off and recovered the four animals.

As per the Railways record, the deer were booked from Bahawalpur by a man named Ameer, Soomro said, adding that the investigations into the matter were underway.

The deer would be handed over to the administration of Safari Park, he concluded — APP

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Pakistan’s National Mammal is Making A Comeback

Surveys show endangered markhor are rebounding in northern Pakistan
Markhor are majestic wild goats known for their spectacular horns
WCS’s community conservation program is helping protect markhor and other wildlife

NEW YORK (July 3, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that the markhor – a majestic wild goat species – is making a remarkable comeback in Pakistan due to conservation efforts.

WCS-led community surveys have revealed that markhor populations in northern Pakistan’s Kargah region in Gilgit-Baltistan have increased from a low of approximately 40-50 individuals in 1991 to roughly 300 this year. These community surveys suggest that the total markhor population where WCS works in Gilgit-Baltistan may now be as high as 1,500 animals, a dramatic increase since the last government estimate of less than 1,000 in 1999.

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Sarus cranes seen in Pakistan after a decade
From the Newspaper | Faiza Ilyas | 2 days ago

KARACHI: The world’s tallest flying bird, the majestic sarus crane is back in Pakistan after more than a decade.

A lone pair sighted in Nagarparkar this year is a hope that the rare bird species may become part of Pakistan’s landscape again. But this can happen only if people develop a love for this beautiful and delicate creature and start protecting it.

This important information was shared at a meeting held on the premises of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) on Friday where wildlife experts, nature enthusiasts and government officials of relevant departments formed a group for cranes’ conservation with its initial focus on sarus cranes.

The meeting was organised by the Save Wildlife and Nature (Swan).

A pair of sarus cranes spotted in Nagarparkar early this year. Cranes of this species were previously sighted in 1999. — Photo by Ghulam Rasool / WWF Pakistan

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