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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A 60-footer: Fishermen find dead Arabian Humpback
By Sameer Mandhro
Published: August 13, 2014

An Arabian Humpback Whale, 60-feet-long, was found dead offshore from Karachi. However, neither government officials nor any private organisations that work with such species have yet to find out the cause of its death.

The whale was found by Ibrahim Hyderi fishermen who were leaving on an expedition on Monday morning, around 50 kilometres away from Ibrahim Hyderi. “Our fishermen have found a dead whale,” informed Kamal Shah of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum. “Most of the people in the area are saddened by the death of the animal.”

It took 40 fishermen to bring the dead mammal to the shore, and one of them, Saddam Hussain Brohi, told The Express Tribune that the whale had visible injuries on various parts of its body. “The animal had a serious wound on its tail,” said Brohi. “There are also wounds on its neck and face. However, I think the cause of its death was the fishing net that was wrapped around its tail.”

Marine experts believe that there are only 100 of these mammals. PHOTO COURTESY: PAKISTAN FISHERFOLK FORUM

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Fishermen drag dead whale to Karachi shore
Updated Aug 13, 2014

KARACHI: The body of what fishermen say is an estimated 70-foot whale washed up on the coast of Karachi on Tuesday morning.

Local fishermen in the locality of Ghas Bandar area along the coastal belt said the whale got entangled into their fishing net, and they later dragged the body to the shore with the help of other people.

They said the whale was already dead when it was dragged to the shore early morning by 10 to 12 fishermen on two launches.

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Hungry leopard suffered backbone, head injuries
The Newspaper's Correspondent

BAHAWALPUR: The post-mortem examination of the leopard that died because of injuries caused by a mob at 73-DB village near Yazman, has revealed that severe beating resulted in damage to the backbone of young beast who was also hungry.

According to sources, the report says the attack by the villagers injured the beast’s backbone, also causing bleeding. Besides, it said, the leopard also suffered head injuries in the attack.

The examination further revealed that the leopard was young and aged about nine years, weighing about 50 kilograms.

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Arab royal hunts down 2,100 houbara bustards in three week safari

KARACHI: A Saudi prince has poached over 2,100 internationally protected houbara bustards in 21-day hunting safari in Chagai, Balochistan, during which the royal also indulged in illegal hunting in protected areas, says a report.

The report titled ‘Visit of Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud regarding hunting of houbara bustard’ prepared by Jaffar Baloch, divisional forest officer of the Balochistan forest and wildlife department, Chagai at Dalbandin, says the prince hunted for 21 days – from Jan 11, 2014 to Jan 31– and hunted 1,977 birds, while other members of his party hunted an additional 123 birds, bringing the total bustard toll to 2,100, sources said.

They said that hunting of the internationally protected bird was banned in Pakistan also, but the federal government issued special permits to Gulf states’ royals.

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Leopard dies of injuries caused by ‘chasing mob’
The Newspaper's Correspondent
Updated Apr 21, 2014 07:56am

BAHAWALPUR: A leopard that had crossed into Pakistan’s Cholistan area from India, succumbed to the injuries caused by a chasing mob on Saturday night after it was caught by a wildlife department team near Chak 73-DB, Yazman, about 30kms from here.

The wild beast, that had been first sighted a week ago, had attacked a man, Nathu, at a pond near Narwala in the vicinity of Din Garh in Cholistan’s forest pocket, injuring his wrist. Punjab wildlife department’s teams had been dispatched to the area to look for the beast. The department officials had initially declared it was a wild cat and not a leopard.

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