A brown bear family sighted in Hundrap, Ghizer
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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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Pakistan's snow leopards: Both feared and sought
By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Chitral
12 April 2015
From the section Asia

Snow leopards have been forced to the edge of extinction by hunting and human encroachment and are now one of the world's most endangered animals. In the far north of Pakistan, locals have long feared them but find themselves now relying on money that saving snow leopards brings in. What is it like living alongside a ferocious predator? M Ilyas Khan finds out.

Retired teacher Hasil Murad Khan is hurrying to report "a matter of grave concern" to the police

"The boys down in Ramaan have seen a snow leopard, and I have come to report it before there's any trouble," he says.

Mr Khan is also head of the co-operative in Ramaan, a remote mountain village in Chitral district.

"The sooner I report it to my high-ups, the sooner they'll inform the relevant authorities for action," he explains. Within the hour, a pair of policemen are expected to set out on patrol around the village, joined by wildlife department Ranger Yaqoob Shah and a couple of volunteers.

Snow leopards are elusive - but a number have been filmed by remote camera stations

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Chitral’s markhor population now out of danger

“The untimely death of the four-year-old markhor is not less than a shock for us and we do mourn this as it means a loss of Rs10 million for the local community who devotedly strive for its conservation,” said Fazlur Rahman, the president of a conservancy, in Chitral.

Tears were visible in his eyes due to grief as the markhor had died of an ailment after they rescued it from an inaccessible cliff in the local pasture and took it to the veterinary hospital. It all happened about a month ago and around a 100 community workers had also reached the hospital to get firsthand knowledge about treatment and convalescing of the markhor.

All this activism of the villagers to save the wild goat was due to the fact that they owned it and this sense of ownership had been inculcated in them by the wildlife department by giving them 80 per cent of the income obtained from the trophy hunting.

It is due to the strong bonds of community-based conservation that the impressive animal with iconic corkscrew horns known as Kashmir markhor is no more an endangered species in Chitral. The phenomenal population growth of markhor, the national animal of Pakistan, can be attributed to the community-based conservation strategy which has proved fruitful in the upkeep of other endangered and rare wildlife species.

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Three leopards poisoned, killed in Abbotabad
March 19, 2015 BY WEBDESK

The regional office of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department recovered the carcass of a leopard from the Tarnawa suburb of Abbotabad.

After conducting a post-mortem on the animal, it was discovered that the leopard had been poisoned.

The Wildlife Department found the leopard dumped along the side of the road. It had likely been transported there by a vehicle.

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WWF-Pakistan trained fishermen rescue Indo-pacific humpback dolphin
Posted on 18 March 2015

Karachi, Fishermen rescued an Indo-pacific humpback dolphin in coastal waters, in Sonmiani, Balochistan, on Tuesday. Two fishermen trained by WWF-Pakistan and the Sonmiani Development Organization, Naseer Ahmad and Tahseen, while fishing in Sonmiani noticed a dolphin which was beached on the sandy shore. They abandoned their fishing trip and rescued the 5.5 feet long dolphin. After releasing it into waters they remained in the area for about one hour and ensured that the dolphin swam into offshore waters.

Sonmiani Development Organization has implemented a project titled Marine Dolphin Conservation through Community Education and Capacity Building, funded by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong. Under this project a number of fishermen have been trained to rescue entangled dolphins and other endangered marine animals. WWF-Pakistan provided support in implementation of the project and assistance in the training programme. The Indo-pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) is a coastal species found in shallow waters along the coast as well as in creek systems and lagoons. It is a near threatened species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.


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Teacher helps save pair of rare Indian wolves
Tariq Saeed Birmani

According to locals, a couple of days ago a pair of rare Indian wolves killed a goat of a local herdsman near Jogiani and Makili villages near Choti Bala. — Reuters/file

DERA GHAZI KHAN: A schoolteacher’s concern for wildlife and timely action saved a pair of rare Indian wolves from being killed by a mob of villagers who considered the beasts a threat to their herds of goat and sheep.

According to locals, a couple of days ago a pair of rare Indian wolves killed a goat of a local herdsman near Jogiani and Makili villages near Choti Bala, a small town in arid zone of DG Khan, and dragged it close to their den.

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