In search of a man-hunting leopard, leopards in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan are being indiscriminately killed: a case of shoot first, questions later. So far some 4 leopards have been shot dead, and upon autopsy declared not the culprits. This is an insane way to eliminate a dangerous animal; by leaving behind a trail of carcasses of an already endangered species.
The common leopard in Pakistan is fast losing its habitat and prey species. This may well be the reason for these desperate acts as this is the first instance of the cat turning man-eater. Construction of new projects in the hills is making the situation even worse.
What is actually needed in response to this crisis is a long term solution, which involves the locals and preserves the interests of both the humans as well as the resident wildlife. In other parts of the world, a wide range of methods are used to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts like this one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, the provincial environment department is actually considering a wildlife directorate proposal to introduce leopard trophy hunting in the NWFP.
Please write polite letters to Dr. Mohammad Mumtaz Malik, Conservator of Wildlife, NWFP Wildlife Department, and urge him to find solutions that will lead to mutually beneficial coexistence of humans and wildlife.
It is imperative that all correspondence be courteous; otherwise, our campaign will suffer.
NWFP Wildlife Department:
Dr. Mohammad Mumtaz Malik
Conservator of Wildlife
NWFP Wildlife Department
Please also send your letters to editors of leading newspapers in Pakistan.
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Thank you for all your efforts in behalf of animals!