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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Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060607/sc_nm/environment_pakistan_dolphin_dc

Rare dolphin thrives in small part of Indus river
By Robert Birsel Wed Jun 7, 6:03 AM ET

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The highly endangered Indus river dolphin has dramatically increased in numbers in a small section of the Indus in Pakistan but the animals remain very rare and in grave danger, a scientist said on Wednesday.

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Link: http://www.pgfa.org.pk/index.asp

Dear Friends,

We are proud to introduce The Pakistan Game Fish Association (PGFA) http://www.pgfa.org.pk/ a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of Game Fish in Pakistan and the promotion of responsible, ethical and safe angling practices through dissemination of rules, information and fishing records.

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Link: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060601/ids_photos_wl/r132759110.jpg

Disturbing news coming in. Another Common leopard has been shot dead, this time near Muzaffarabad, A.J.K. Below is a brief news with picture:

The body of a leopard lies in a forests and wildlife office in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, June 1, 2006. Pakistani wildlife officials were on Thursday investigating the killing of a rare leopard by villagers who said they had to shoot the big cat because they were in fear of their lives. REUTERS/Amiruddin Mughal (PAKISTAN)

Link: http://www.carnivoreconservation.org/dotclear/index.php?2006/05/31/190-pakistan-for-environment-wants-to-save-endangered-snow-leopard

Pakistan Minister for Environment wants to save endangered snow leopard
Wednesday 31 May 2006

Minister of State for Environment Malik Amin Aslam Khan said on Thursday that the endangered snow leopard was considered a national treasure and that efforts should be made to save the species from extinction. He was addressing a steering committee meeting of the Snow Leopard Network (SLN), a non-governmental organization. The minister said that the government was making an all out effort to evolve a concrete mechanism to save endangered species of rare birds and animals. He said the SLN had initiated several plans to address the threat to snow leopards all over the world.

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Link: http://www.iucn.org/places/pakistan/pdf/NR-IBD-2006.pdf

IUCN News Release
International Day of Biodiversity: May 22, 2006

Pakistan’s Rich Biodiversity Faces Serious Threats

These Trends Can However be Reversed

Pakistan is a country of tremendous uniqueness, with its dramatic ecological diversity, broad latitudinal spread and immense altitudinal range. Housing the second highest point of the world -K2 - at 8,611m to the lowest point in the Arabian Sea at 0 m, it presents varied ecosystems, which support a large variety of biodiversity. These range from the mangrove forests fringing the Arabian Sea to the spectacular mountaintops where the Western Himalayas, Hindukush and Karakorums meet. Constituting as many as 18 distinct habitats, they support a rich variety of species (plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates) that contribute to the overall biodiversity of Pakistan. These include more than 5,700 species of plants, 194 species of mammals, 668 species of migratory and resident birds, 400 marine and 125 freshwater fish species, 174 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphibians, about 20,000 species of insects and terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates, and 700 species of marine invertebrates.

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