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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Another ibex dies


Another ibex dies
Death toll of Sindh ibexes in Khirthar Park hits 48
By Amar Guriro

KARACHI: Another Sindh ibex has died in the Khirthar National Park following the recent wave of a viral disease in some of the herds, bringing the death toll of dead ibexes to 48.

Experts have termed it as a disaster that has gripped the protected park for the first time in its history.

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Livestock doctors’ team to visit Khirthar National Park today
Actual cause of death of ibexes not ascertained so far
By Amar Guriro

KARACHI: A team of the wildlife department, comprising officials and doctors, would visit the Khirthar National Park, where an emergency has been declared followed by the death of several ibexes after getting affected with a viral disease. The team also includes livestock doctors from the nearest town, Thana Bola Khan, which will go to the park and check the general conditions of the park and see whether the disease has stopped or is still spreading among the animals.

However, a team comprising experts of pathology laboratory Islamabad, which is supposed to be the only laboratory to detect viral diseases among animals, would also visit the park on Wednesday. The team would collect the sample of the dead animals and would try to get blood samples of the infected animals so that the actual reasons behind the death of animals in the park could be ascertained through DNA test.

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Fin whale caught in gill net killed by fishermen in Pakistan
05/10/2009 09:14:32

September 2009. A 45 feet long sub adult Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) washed up on the beach of East bay in Gwader, Pakistan. The whale appeared to have some injuries on the fluke and on its head and the cause of mortality was concluded to be due to accidental capture in gill nets.

Fin whale in Pakistan killed in gill nets. Photo credit A Rahim/PWP

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Undercover bear baiting footage reveals corruption
Aug 3, 2009

Disturbing footage taken in July by WSPA member society the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) has proven that bear baiting events are taking place in Punjab and resulted in the investigation of wildlife officials for corruption.

For two years, the Punjab Department of Wildlife and Parks has denied that bear baiting takes place in the region, refusing to accept BRC’s continuous undercover investigations into this illegal activity.

The department’s complaints and denials have been in danger of undermining work to protect bears. "In the past years the Punjab Wildlife and Park authority have frequently ignored information we forwarded on bear baiting and thus our request to stop these events were sometimes not very successful," explains Dr Fakhar-i-Abbas, Executive Director of BRC.

This undercover image was taken in Sahiwal, Punjab, in July 2009.

Video at the end of the post

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WWF celebrates saving of Himalayan forest and not so Common Leopard
Posted on 21 August 2009

Lahore, Pakistan: An initiative by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and a media and legal campaign has ended a proposed large tourism development in one of the best remaining representative areas of Himalayan forest in the Punjab.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court this month not only formalised the new government’s recent dissolution of the New Murree Development Project (NMDP), but ruled out any similar projects for the area in future.

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