DERA GHAZI KHAN: Local police have registered a case against seven tribesmen for killing an endangered leopard in the Dera Bugti district of Balochistan.

According to sources, the tribesmen killed the leopard to protect their livestock in Zain area of the district.

Dera Bugti Deputy Commissioner Ejaz Khan that the district administration has re­­g­­­istered a case under The Balochistan (Wil­d­­­life Protection, Pre­s­e­rvation, Conser­va­t­ion and Management) Act 2014 and initiated legal proceedings against the tribesmen.

He also called for commencing awareness campaigns by wildlife organisations to educate the tribesmen about protecting endangered species.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti has also taken notice of the incident and directed the authorities to take stern legal action against the accused.

Former WWF Pakistan activist Umer Waqas identified the leopard as a Persian Leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana).

This species is native to the Iranian Plateau, including the southwestern region of Balochistan.

These Persian Leopards typically inhabit rugged ravines at elevations ranging from 600 to 3,800 metres and primarily prey on ungulates found in these habitats.

The leopard population in this region is currently estimated to be fewer than 1,100 adults.

Due to the scarcity of leopards’ natural prey, conflicts between leopards and hum­ans have increased, prompting them to exp­lore new areas and chase alternative prey.

Persian Leopards are threatened by habitat fragmentation caused by land use changes, poaching, loss of wild prey species, and retaliatory killings for preying on livestock.

Published in Dawn, June 25th, 2024

Opinion

Editorial

Miles to go
Updated 14 Jul, 2024

Miles to go

Some reforms agreed with the Fund are going to seriously impact economic growth and fresh investments, at least in the short term.
Iddat ruling
14 Jul, 2024

Iddat ruling

IT was a needless, despicable spectacle which only ended up uniting both conservatives and progressives in ...
Cricket shake-up
14 Jul, 2024

Cricket shake-up

SOMEONE had to take the blame and bear the brunt of the fallout from Pakistan’s disastrous showing at the T20 ...
Injustice undone
Updated 13 Jul, 2024

Injustice undone

The SC verdict is a stunning reversal of fortunes for a party that was, both before and after general elections, being treated as a defunct entity.
Looming flour shortage
13 Jul, 2024

Looming flour shortage

FOR once, it is hard to argue against the reason that compelled flour mills to call a nationwide strike from...
Same old script
13 Jul, 2024

Same old script

WHEN it comes to the troubling issue of enforced disappearances/ missing persons — either Baloch or belonging to...