PESHAWAR: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is working to attach radio collars to leopards to monitor big cats in Galliyat region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
“The focus of the advanced research is to find out threats to the common leopard, check out its migration range and to adopt latest measure on scientific grounds for conservation of wild cats in the region,” said Wasim Ahmad, Coordinator WWF.
Talking to APP, Ahmad said their target is to install radio collars to two leopards at least and for this purpose traps have been set up.
Though the population of big cats in Galliyat is satisfactory, still the species is facing numerous dangers like shrinking habitat, human-leopard conflict and less space, Waseem added. Paucity of space in Ayubia National Park in Abbotabad is also causing problems.
Leopard sightings have been reported from Turnawai forest in the north, Murree hills in the south and Margalla hills in the west, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2013.