WWF-P Chitral rescued Himalayan Lynx (lynx isabellinus) from Chitral
by Kashif Ahmad March 04, 2013
The WWF-Pakistan Chitral have finally succeeded in capturing of a Lynx that injured two children and several cattle in Chuenj village of Chitral Pakistan.
CHITRAl : WWF-Pakistan Official sources said that after it injured two children and many cattle in Village Chuenj of Mustuj. According to Mr. Shafiqullah Khan Field Biologist associated with WWF-Pakistan the species was Lynx lynx isabellinus known as “Doorchon” in local language which is found in the forest of Chitral. 45 depredation cases of livestock from various localities of Mustuj have been recorded” said Juma Khan a local of Chenju. Mr. Nyazuddin an Official of Livestock department chitral confirmed that the health of the species is stable. Later on WWF-Pakistan and Local wildlife department officials released the species in Chitral Gol National Park.
Shahzad Kashif, KP Chitral Pakistan, 17200
Photo Credit Hamid Ahmad - WWF - Pakistan
Long-billed vulture population stabilising in Pakistan
Banning cattle drug diclofenac and increased awareness of role of vultures in ecosystem halts decline of critically endangered species
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 August 2012 02.00 EDT
The alarming decline in a critically endangered species of vulture in Pakistan appears to have been halted, according to surveys of the birds. They indicate the population of the long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus) is stabilising.
The species had declined rapidly in the late 1990s because of the deadly effect of the cattle drug diclofenac. The birds died after eating carcasses contaminated with the drug.
Now fieldwork carried out in the Nagarparkar desert in Sindh, south-east Pakistan, by The Peregrine Fund, has shown that the population of the long-billed vultures has stablised over the past four breeding seasons with no obvious signs of decline. The 2006 annual report by the US-based TPF had reported 103 occupied long-billed nests, down from 290 in March 2003. WWF-Pakistan verified the same. In 2010/11 it counted 172 long-billed vultures in the same area.
Published: August 28, 2012
It should have been clear by now to authorities involved in conservation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) that efforts to save endangered species there are failing. In the second incident in just over three months, another leopard was shot dead by villagers in the Khadorda Village near the town of Bhimber. A similar incident involving the killing of a leopard took place in May this year. There have also been other cases before this, including one in 2010 when a snow leopard, one of the few rare species left in this world — was killed. AJK houses both, the snow leopard — with its distinctive white coat, and the common leopard.
Villagers kill another leopard in AJK
By AH Nizami
Published: August 27, 2012
Villagers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) killed another leopard in self-defence, highlighting the lack of arrangements for wildlife conservation by the AJK State Wildlife and Fisheries Department.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that a male leopard was shot in Bhimber district’s Kass Khadora village on Sunday morning. Villagers in Rawalakot district had shot dead another leopard eight months ago.
According to local freelance journalist Sajjad Jiraal, the village had been terrorised by a male and a female leopard over the past few days.
The mute existence and extinction of peacocks
August 4, 2012
The beautiful bird caught Alexander’s (yes, Alexander the Great) attention while he was passing through Sindh. PHOTO: REUTERS The government tends to take notice only if the media becomes active- the media has an instrumental role to play. So why the silence?
The recent reports of peacock deaths in Thar, Sindh, have given rise to serious questions concerning the wildlife department and the media. It is estimated that around 200 peacocks have perished due to the outbreak of a highly contagious disease.
The disease is commonly referred to as Nokesal Rani Khet (New Castle disease). It is said to be transmitted from chickens. It is also alleged that the change in rainfall patterns could also be responsible for the spread of the disease.
Thar’s dying peacocks: Wildlife department denies reports of disease spreading, says ‘show us proof’
By Our Correspondent
Published: July 31, 2012
HYDERABAD / KARACHI: The deadly viral disease in the peacocks has reportedly fanned out of Thar to the adjoining districts as the unofficial death count crosses 100.
The reports of the fresh wave of deaths, believed to be caused by the Newcastle Disease, came from Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Hyderabad.
The residents of Muhammad Baskh Kaloi village in Naukot area of Mirpurkhas said that they found nine dead peacocks from the wild near the Mehmood Shah graveyard. “There are also many sick birds which are whirling and frothing saliva from the mouth while their feathers are falling,” Kashif Kaloi and Abdullah Kaloi said while speaking to the media.
Abdullah said that people have started to mix tablets such as Disprin and Aspro in the drinking water for the birds to cure them.
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