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.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140125-snow-leopard-pakistan-animals-science-world-endangered-species/

Rare Pictures: Snow Leopards Caught in Camera Trap
Endangered big cats photographed in northern Pakistan.
Sequence of photos of a snow leopard captured with wildlife camera traps in northern Pakistan. The images were captured as part of an international study on carnivore ecology.

Angie McPherson
National Geographic
Published January 25, 2014

The cat's out of the bag—or, should we say, the mountains.

Notoriously elusive snow leopards have been caught by a camera trap in northern Pakistan as part of a three-year study by scientists with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The main collaborator in the study is the Snow Leopard Foundation Pakistan.

With only half a year left to complete their study, the scientists published a report on their use of camera traps in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), which live in the snow-capped mountains of Central Asia, are known as "gray ghosts" or "ghost cats" because they frequently hide from people and other animals.


PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD BISCHOF, NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES AND MUHAMMAD ALI NAWAZ, SNOW LEOPARD FOUNDATION PAKISTAN

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Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1082971

Illegal hunting – leopards now threatened species
Jamal Shahid
Updated 2014-01-27 09:02:20

ISLAMABAD: Wildlife conservation efforts, particularly for the common leopard in the hills of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), have had little effect as more than 60 common leopards have been illegally hunted in the past four years.

According to game wardens in the AJK Wildlife Department, seven common leopards were killed in November and December 2013 alone.

In some cases, automatic weapons are being used to kill the endangered species listed as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“It’s like the annihilation of an exotic species,” said a helpless game warden in Kotli when contacted over the phone

The exact number of the common leopard in the wild, starting from where Punch River enters at the Pakistan-India border all the way down to the Margalla Hills, has never been known. — File photo
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Paguma Larvata
02/01/14

Indian leopard captured

Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1082364/indian-leopard-captured

Indian leopard captured
The Newspaper's Correspondent
Published 2014-01-24 07:45:45

SIALKOT: The wildlife department officials from Lahore on Thursday captured an Indian leopard from the area along Working Boundary near Pasrur after it seriously injured three locals.

The leopard that entered the Pakistan territory, presumably after crossing the Working Boundary, spread panic in the bordering villages near Pasrur when it attacked and seriously injured three locals -- Muhammad Iqbal, Bashir Ahmed and Ghulam Rasul. The ferocious cat also killed a dog, besides injuring two others.

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Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/660121/endangered-marine-turtle-surfaces-in-pakistan-donatello-yet-to-arrive/

WWF-Pak records first authentic occurrence of Hawksbill turtle in Pakistan
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 18, 2014

KARACHI: An endangered marine turtle, the Hawksbill, was caught by a tuna gillnet from offshore waters near Ormara on the Balochistan coast.

This is the first time that the Hawksbill sea turtle – scientifically known as the Eretmochelys Imbricata – has been reported in the country. The Leatherback turtle, another rare species, also paid a welcome visit to the country last year when it was reported near Sur, Balochistan. The Leatherback was successfully released by the WWF-Pakistan with the help of other environmental organisations and local communities.

WWF-Pakistan’s director Rab Nawaz confirmed that the Hawksbill was declared critically endangered in 1996 under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red Data List since it has seen a drastic population decline of 80 per cent.

The Hawksbill turtle, easily recognised thanks to its unique beak, which was caught by fishermen off the coast of Balochistan. PHOTO COURTESY: WWF-PAKISTAN

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Paguma Larvata
12/05/13

Scared villagers kill leopard

Link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1060267/scared-villagers-kill-leopard

Scared villagers kill leopard
The Newspaper's Correspondent
Published 2013-12-04 07:43:37

SUKKUR, Dec 3: Villagers living in the kutcha area in Shah Belo near Sukkur killed a leopard, commonly referred to as a cheetah or a taindwa, when it ventured in their village and gave them a scare.

Villagers said that they came out of their houses when they heard noise outside and the leopard tried to pounce on them. They then shot him.

Wildlife department officials reached the village and took the body in their custody.

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