Teacher helps save pair of rare Indian wolves

Published March 10, 2015
According to locals, a couple of days ago a pair of rare Indian wolves killed a goat of a local herdsman near Jogiani and Makili villages near Choti Bala.  — Reuters/file
According to locals, a couple of days ago a pair of rare Indian wolves killed a goat of a local herdsman near Jogiani and Makili villages near Choti Bala. — Reuters/file

DERA GHAZI KHAN: A schoolteacher’s concern for wildlife and timely action saved a pair of rare Indian wolves from being killed by a mob of villagers who considered the beasts a threat to their herds of goat and sheep.

According to locals, a couple of days ago a pair of rare Indian wolves killed a goat of a local herdsman near Jogiani and Makili villages near Choti Bala, a small town in arid zone of DG Khan, and dragged it close to their den.

Already fed up by such attacks on their herds, a mob of enraged villages started chasing the wolves and soon traced their footprints to their den.

The villagers plugged the den from all sides and were about to set fire to the den when a local schoolteacher, Ataullah, intervened and tried to stop them from killing the rare beasts. He also informed the local wildlife department of the situation.

Divisional wildlife department head Khursheed Alim Kaisrani told Dawn that on receiving the information an official team rushed to the spot where the wolves were besieged by the villagers.

He said the team rescued the wolves allowing them to escape into the arid zone.

He said the Indian wolves were on the verge of extinction because of expansion of agricultural activities, resulting in decline in forest area in the district.

He said the area lying between DG canal and foothills of mountain range was natural habitat of Indian wolves. These beasts were also becoming extinct because of their massive killing by trophy hunters, local herdsmen and farmers.

Published in Dawn, March 10th, 2015

On a mobile phone? Get the Dawn Mobile App: Apple Store | Google Play

Opinion

Editorial

The Musharraf enigma
Updated 06 Feb, 2023

The Musharraf enigma

The Musharraf era holds numerous lessons for Pakistan’s ruling elite, civilian and military.
Staying neutral
06 Feb, 2023

Staying neutral

THE Election Commission of Pakistan has what is perhaps one of the most thankless jobs in the country. The countless...
Wikipedia ban
06 Feb, 2023

Wikipedia ban

THE country was back in a familiar, dark place last week when the PTA blocked Wikipedia over the charge that it...
IMF’s firm stance
Updated 05 Feb, 2023

IMF’s firm stance

Pakistan needs to complete the review to stave off a default as well as to unlock inflows from other multilateral and bilateral lenders.
Grotesque bigotry
05 Feb, 2023

Grotesque bigotry

FREEDOM to profess one’s faith is guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan. However, for the country’s Ahmadi...
Kashmir reflections
05 Feb, 2023

Kashmir reflections

ASIDE from Kashmir Day, which the nation is observing today as an official holiday, there are a number of other days...