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
10/14/08

Wildlife expert killed by snake bite

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=140850

Wildlife expert killed by snake bite
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
By our correspondent

Karachi

Wildlife conservationists have lost one of the most intelligent and daring field officers, Rafiq Rajput, who died on Sunday of a snake bite at his residence in Karachi.

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Paguma Larvata
10/12/08

Partridge sale goes on

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=140653

Partridge sale goes on
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Malik Ayub Sumbal

Rawalpindi

Partridges are on the verge of extinction in Pakistan and concerned authorities are paying no heed to the poaching of these precious birds, which is banned in most parts of the country.

A survey conducted by �The News� in different markets of Rawalpindi revealed that three kinds of partridges were found in different parts of the country, particularly NWFP, Balochistan and some areas of Punjab some years back. But in recent years due to hunting most birds, particularly red-legged partridges, have become extinct. Only a few black partridges and brown partridges are left in Pakistan.

Talking to The News, Shabbir Ahmed, a bird poacher, admitted that the number of most kinds of partridges has gone down and only a few birds could be found in remote areas of NWFP and Balochistan. A bird seller in Rawalpindi�s famous bird market along College Road, said We sell partridges brought to Rawalpindi by hunters from various hunting zones of NWFP and Balochistan.

Despite tall claims, wildlife protection authorities failed to control poaching of these precious birds.

When contacted by �The News,� Punjab Wildlife Department (Rawalpindi) Deputy Director Saeed Zafar said �No doubt there is a ban on poaching of these birds, but they are still being smuggled from the NWFP and Balochistan. If the wildlife authorities get any clue about sale of these birds, action would be taken against the dealers.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=140653

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=140401

Confiscated wild cats, pelican shifted to zoo
Saturday, October 11, 2008
By our correspondent

Karachi

Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) officials shifted two fishing cats (wild cats) and a pelican to the Karachi Zoo on Friday. They confiscated the animals and the bird from a house near the Sea View area, after getting information that a dangerous animal escaped from the house and created panic among the neighbouring people.

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Link: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\08\09\story_9-8-2008_pg12_6

Wildlife officials silent over hunting with army helicopters

* Senate sub-committee recommends ban on hunting endangered species, allocation in PSDP for wildlife department for Balochistan

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Army helicopters are being used to hunt endangered wildlife and officials are doing nothing to prevent it, a Senate body was told on Wednesday.

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Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=134382

Nesting season starts with the first rain drops
Sunday, September 07, 2008
By By Jan Khaskheli
Karachi

Low-intensity rains have been recorded in Karachi and its suburbs which have made a positive impact on the wildlife as the breeding and mating season of several species has started here.

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