CHITRAL: Snow leopard couldn't be spotted within the lower altitude region of Chitral forests this year too no matter heavy snowstorm in the high altitude regions, together with Chitral Gol national Park.

Shafiqullah Khan, the mission manager of Pakistan Snow Leopard and ecosystem protection Programme (PSLEP) primarily based in Chitral, stated that the wild animal had closing been spotted 5 years ago in Chitral forests while its lengthy disappearance had come to be a matter of problem for the environmentalists.

He said that by way of digital camera-trapping technique a common leopard was spotted final 12 months in decrease Chitral and the place of Chitral Gol national Park, however no lines of snow leopard were recorded.

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Mr Khan stated that being shy in nature it constantly preferred to stay far from the human settlements and came down simplest when compelled by means of extreme want of food in case of heavy blizzard within the better altitude location.

“Snow leopard turned into predicted to be noticed this 12 months, particularly in Chitral Gol national Park and its location, but the subject personnel of the wildlife department has no longer but observed even its footprints in higher altitude vicinity,” he said.

The populace density of snow leopard remains abysmally low in its habitat because of its enormity.

“It was once noticed in Toshi recreation reserve on the opposite bank of Garam Chashma river in February when the better mountains are full of snow and wolfed the Kashmir Markhor present there in a huge quantity,” he said.

Mr Khan said that the quantity of wolves and lynx had visible an bizarre increase, which had a harmful effect on Kashmir Markhor in Chitral Gol countrywide Park and the alternative sport reserves.

posted in sunrise, February 14th, 2019