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://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/alarming-decline-in-shark-catch-over-11-years-680

Alarming decline in shark catch over 11 years
By Faiza Ilyas
Friday, 06 Aug, 2010

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A hammerhead shark caught off the Jiwani coast. Over-fishing is the main cause of alarming decline of shark catch in Pakistan which might deprived this marine species in coming years. – Photo courtesy WWF Pakistan

KARACHI: With over 81 per cent decline in shark landing registered since 1999 and lack of a proper mechanism to regulate shark fishing, marine experts feared that the country might get deprived of this marine species in coming years.

Speaking to Dawn, some conservationists said that maintaining shark population was necessary to prevent the breakdown of our ecosystems. In this regard, they highlighted the need for legislation to protect sharks and proper implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations mandatory rules and regulations to ensure sustainable fishing practices.

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Paguma Larvata
08/26/10

Pakistan floods ravage bear sanctuary

Link: http://www.wspa-international.org/latestnews/2010/pakistan-floods-ravage-sanctuary.aspx

Pakistan floods ravage bear sanctuary
Aug 20, 2010

Sadly, WSPA must report some distressing news from our bear baiting project in Pakistan. The recent floods have severely affected the Kund Park sanctuary, resulting in the tragic death of 20 of the 23 bears living there.

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Link: http://www.bricksforbears.org.au/the-solution/campaign-updates/three-surviving-bears-rescued-from-pakistan-floods

Three surviving bears rescued from Pakistan floods
Wednesday August 4 2010

Local staff launched heroic rescues over the weekend, saving three of the 23 bears that were feared dead when our existing sanctuary Kund Park was submerged in the floods last week.

Fakhar Abbas, Director of WSPA member society the Bioresearch Centre (BRC), has confirmed that Dewa, Sohrab and Maylu have been rescued from the flooded area.

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Paguma Larvata
08/17/10

Tragedy strikes Kund Park sanctuary

Link: http://www.wspa-international.org/latestnews/2010/kund_park_tragedy.aspx

Tragedy strikes Kund Park sanctuary
Jul 30, 2010

WSPA fears 23 rescued bears may have died in Pakistan floods.

The floods in Pakistan, caused by what is being described as the ‘heaviest monsoon flooding since 1929’, have resulted in severe damage at the WSPA-funded Kund Park bear sanctuary. As many as 23 bears are feared dead as the floodwaters rose as high as 60 ft above river level.

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Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/12/endangered-snow-leopard

Endangered snow leopard clawing its way back
Innovative conservation project in Pakistan sees a slow but sure rise in the number of the endangered big cats

Zofeen Ebrahim in Karachi, for IPS, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 12 August 2010 16.41 BST

For more than 10 years, Shafqat Hussain has been on the trail of the endangered snow leopard. He has heard the beast's growl, and has seen its pugmarks against a snowy track. But his dream, of coming eye-to-eye with the elusive nocturnal feline, remains unfulfilled. "If you've seen the cat, you've seen the Holy Grail," says Hussain.

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