Snow leopard kills 68 goats in a single night in Gilgit

Published: May 27, 2011
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Angered residents say they never get compensated for their losses.

Angered residents say they never get compensated for their losses.

GILGIT: 

A lone snow leopard wrecked havoc in a remote valley of Gilgit one night, killing 68 goats in six separate incidents, officials said on Thursday. The attacks also left six goats critically injured.

The animal broke into the corrals at Dhee Village, Gojal near the Pak-China border before killing the goats, Rehman Posh, a conservationist working with the Khunjerab Village Organisation, told The Express Tribune on Thursday.

“Bodies of the animals were scattered all over the place after the incident,” said Posh, adding that the people got enraged over the depredation that inflicted a huge financial loss on them.

Giving the breakdown, Rehman Posh said that 23 of the goats belonged to Mirza Mohammad, 13 to Ali Baig, 12 to Bahadur, nine to Aslam, seven to Ghulam Rasool and four to Qalandar Shah.

Talking about the different organisations that are trying to protect the endangered species, a group of villagers said they were not satisfied with their “mere lip services”.

“We have submitted our complaints. But they just come to tell us the importance of the snow leopards. They never recompense the poor herders who bear the losses,” a farmer said.

DFO Wildlife, Ghulam Mohammad, while regretting the losses, said the communities will make them up by the fees obtained from trophy hunting of Ibex and Markhor. “Apart from the trophy hunting fee, 75 percent of the entry fee of Khunjerab National Park also goes to the communities, and we hope that the loss is somewhat covered up with this income,” he said.

Attacks of snow leopard on the goats are frequent in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) as conservations blame loss of habitat, climate change, and scarcity of food are some of the factors behind the belligerent attitude of the cat. Sources say about 100 animals have been killed by snow leopards in G-B in the past one year.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • fahim
    May 27, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Wow.. Indian/US/Israeli trained leapards are attacking us…. pathetic.Recommend

  • indian
    May 27, 2011 - 11:05AM

    The tragedy wth people is, we multiply like mad and start capturing the habitat of wild animals. Wild animals are also creation of god (same as humans- if you believe in the theory). start living in the snow lepord’s original hunting grounds and you will have goats killed.

    Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing population. The floods of last year were due to the lost forest cover. It is going to be a perrinial problem now.

    As a nature lover, these kind of incidents pain me. We must not lose predatory animals like Snow lepord, tigers, asiatic lions etc.Recommend

  • Ashok
    May 27, 2011 - 11:07AM

    I don’t feel sorry for these chumps – they make their living either way by killing other living beings – either through selling goat meat or through trophy hunting. Why should I feel sorry for them and be against the snow leopard, which is a creature of nature? Recommend

  • Adeel
    May 27, 2011 - 11:18AM

    The government should compensate owners of livestock killed by snow leopards in the north as part of its protection and conservation measures for such endangered species. I’d suggest a premium over and above the market price as compensation for any head of cattle or other livestock conclusively killed by a snow leopard so as to take away any incentive on part of the locals to hunt these magnificent and much threatened big cats down and cull them. That’s a real danger as these people crucially depend on their livestock to support their existence in the harsh Gilgit-Baltistan region.Recommend

  • adam
    May 28, 2011 - 1:11PM

    @Ashoke and Indian, there are more muslims in India, I wonder how people like you dealing whith them when they killing cows and goats. ??? you don’t as they are in Indian soil and you can tolerat it as there are more muslims in India as compare to Pak.
    You are talking about populations, whereas population in Indis is going to cross 2000 million even though people there are living like insects and only 20% have access to toilets the rest in streets.Recommend

  • adam
    May 28, 2011 - 1:14PM

    The Gligit-Baltistan region of Pak is only place on the earth where more than 40% of the land is dedicated for conservation of nature, This news also potrays who people are protecting even the carnivorus animal even if they attack on their livestock.Recommend

  • Babarsher
    May 29, 2011 - 12:36AM

    u sure the leopard did this alone? I mean killing 69 in a night, wd’nt it be too much for a snow leopard even. I believe 68 of them would have died of heart attack. Recommend

  • adam
    May 29, 2011 - 9:14AM

    Babarsher, let me b some technical, snow leopard belongs to cat family, when goat it attacks dispress and run here and there, it just kills them with one stroke of its front limbs and which more than enough to kill animal. This particular area people are protecting wild ungulates, therefore it is not usual for SL to attack herds of livestock, it does when it encounters them by chance and when it feels uncomfortable. so sure it does not sucks blood, and in this case it has not eaten even a piece of meat out of 69 hunts, as it was just a assualt to killRecommend

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