Published On: Fri, Mar 3rd, 2017

GB Wildlife department to bring male snow leopard from KP and release into Khunjraab National Park

Text and photo by Tanveer Ahmed

GILGIT: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department has requested Gilgit-Baltistan government to catch and handover to KP Wildlife the female snow leopard, which was caught by villagers in Misgar village of Gojal valley last week and was later released into Khunjraab National Park by GB Wildlife.
“Since KP Wildlife has another male snow leopard in Hazara division and they want the female cat, so that endangered cat’s breeding could be possible,” said Sajjad Haider, secretary GB wildlife department.
After released into the wild, the big cat again started preying on goats and sheep in Misgar village, the villagers complained on Friday.
Talking to thenaturenews.com, Haider said that his department released the big cat into the wild couple of days ago and after that it started attacking the animals.
“We have received a request from KP Wildlife Department to catch and handover the leopard to them so that they can release it into the wild, where already a male cat is available and thus there is possibility of breeding of the cats.

“So far we have not taken any decision that either to catch and handover the snow leopard to KP as in Gilgit Baltistan the atmosphere is suitable for snow leopards than KPK, however, we are thinking to bring the male snow leopard here from KPK and released it into Khunjraab National Park, so that breeding can be possible,” he added.
On other hand, Akram Ali a local of Misgar village told thenaturenews.com that the snow leopard hunted dozens of animals in their village.

He added that the locals had several complaints to wildlife department for compensation of their animal loss but, no one was ready to listening the poor people of Misgar. After no response from wildlife department the locals have decided to capture the snow leopard to save the life of animals. The locals captured snow leopard, but later wildlife department interrupted and released it into the wild.
“Now the cat has again started attacking the animals,” he added.

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