This is the first ever camera trap photograph of Eurasian/Himalayan Lynx (Lynx lynx isabellinus)from Pakistan. This picture was taken by Mr. Jaffar Ud-Din (ISLT Field Biologist, Snow leopard Conservation Program
Pakistan) during his ground breaking work on the Snow Leopard and Himalayan Lynx in Chitral district. Many thanks to him for sharing this amazing picture with all of us.
Five Hazara leopards killed, bodies burnt
By Naveed Ahmad
ISLAMABAD: Five leopards were killed in two separate incidents in the Abbottabad and the Hazara districts and later their corpses were burnt by nomads from Kaghan and northern Hazara.
Mr. Wasi-ur-Rehman, Coordinator of the Dubran Welfare and Conservation Society (DAWCS), Abbottabad, is reporting killing and poisoning of leopards in Abbotabad and Hazara districts. Please read his reports and e-mails below.
Tiger kills tiger in safari park: Second incident in three months
By Shoaib Ahmed
LAHORE, Jan 11: A tiger tore another tiger apart at the Lahore Wildlife Park, it was learnt on Thursday. This was the second such incident at the safari park in less than three months. Earlier, a tigress had killed another tigress in Ramazan. The park built in the city outskirt along Raiwind Road is yet to be opened to public.
This is very sad and pathetic news, but really interesting and confusing report at the same time. First, the interesting part. Now were these Leopards (Panthera pardus) or Leopard Cats (Prionailurus bengalensis). Read the second last paragraph of the second report. They are saying these were Leopard Cats ("He said that compared to an average leopard, leopard cats were slightly smaller in size, and were also called baby leopards."). This is very confusing! Leopard cats in Punjab. It's a possibility. They are forest dwelling cats and Changa Manga has a pretty dense forest area. So, they can easily survive on minimal prey. Also, these cats could have migrated from Jhelum via Murree and Galiat as said in the report. So, the possibility is always there. If this is the case, then this is my opinion is a first sighting of Leopard Cats in Punjab as far as i know (I will check, Roberts "Mammals of Pakistan" to confirm).
Now the sad and pathetic part. When will our jahil public learn to respect other forms of life on this planet. I mean unleashing 10 dogs on a poor leopard cat. Even if it was a Leopard (Panthera Pardus) i doubt it would have survived such a vicious attack. And at the end we lost a great opportunity to learn more about these fascinating creatures even before we had a slight chance. We really need to educate our younger generation to respect and apprecite their wildlife, otherwise we should all say goodbye to whatever is left in Pakistan.
Read the rest of the news below:
This is just criminal. How can our government even think of allowing foreigners to come and hunt our wildlife heritage. Our so called Ummat-e-Muslima brothers have already destroyed half of our wildlife and now they are after whatever is left. I am so damn mad at our goverment (particularly our Prime Minister, Mr. Shaukat Aziz) for issuing of these hunting licenses and allotting our country to shoot whatever these ruthless hunters find in their telescopes. I don't call this hunting, but plain murder of the Houbara. This poor bird is doomed to extinction with so much hunting pressure. Lastly, the amount of privileges bestowed upon these dignitaries just shows how our government has no shame and self respect left in them, with all the treatment given to us Pakistanis in the Gulf states, starting from human labor to child jockeys.
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