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
12/28/06

Ministers violate hunting law

Link: http://www.dawn.com/2006/12/28/nat8.htm

Ministers violate hunting law

SANGHAR, Dec 27: Two federal ministers have hunted more than 800 partridges and about 20 wild boars in Mukhi area, in violation of the wildlife law which allows hunting of 10 partridges per licence on Fridays. The hunting party included federal Ministers Liaquat Ali Jatoi and Lt Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, provincial Advisor to the Chief Minister on Fisheries, Jadam Mangrio, and the taluka and union council nazims of the area, sources said. Arrangements for the hunting were reportedly made by the District Game Warden, Ali Ghulam Nizamani, the sources said.

http://www.dawn.com/2006/12/28/nat8.htm

Paguma Larvata
12/20/06

Miss you, Leo

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=35242

Miss you, Leo
By M Ismail Khan

Leo is an orphaned snow leopard cub found by a shepherd in Naltar Valley, Northern Areas, a year ago, after his mother was killed in a snowslide. In August 2006, the cub was shifted to a captive breeding facility at the Bronx Zoo in New York, where he now lives. Snow leopards are in danger of becoming extinct. There are only 5,000 to 7,000 of them in the wild, with no more than 300 left in the Northern Areas (including Chitral) of Pakistan

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Link: http://www.wwfpak.org/13-12-06hundredsofdolphins.php

Hundreds of Dolphins spotted in Pakistani seas

Karachi: The Cetacean Conservation Pakistan (CCP) team, led by Dr. Mauvis Gore of the University Marine Biological Station in Scotland, and also comprising the researchers from WWF-Pakistan and Centre of Excellence in Marin Biology (CEMB), University of Karachi, has begun their new season surveying the whales, dolphins and porpoises or “cetaceans” found in Pakistani waters. In their latest survey on the continental shelf 120 km offshore—on 2000 meter deep waters—the team saw hundreds of spinner dolphins, both alone and in groups or “pods”, arriving from at least 2 km away. These dolphins are famous for their aerial display as they leap out of the water and spin before diving back in.

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Link: http://www.wwfpak.org/11-12-06initiation_whale.php

Initiation of Pakistan Whale & Dolphin Group

Karachi: To raise general awareness and public interest in the conservation of cetacean (whales, dolphins, porpoises etc.) in Pakistan, and to promote the study and conservation of cetaceans in the country, WWF-Pakistan announces the initiation of the “Pakistan Whale and Dolphin Group” (PWDG) under the Darwin Initiative Project on the Conservation of Pakistan’s Marine Cetacean Biodiversity and Pelagic Environment.

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Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6159767.stm

Snow Leopard Diary - Update

14 DECEMBER: HIGHS AND LOWS

Capturing a further four snow leopards was never going to be easy, and the last 14 days both in and out of the field are testimony to this.

I have been travelling from the UK to Chitral to take over from project leader Tom McCarthy for the next phase of the mission.

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