Big cats conservation at threat due to lack of policy

Abbottabad

For Khizer Hayat, a young resident of Galliyat, the most ostracized thing to him on earth is common leopard because the predator mauled his minor brother a couple of years ago causing instant death of the child. ‘Whenever I get a chance of watching a leopard in my locality, I will open fire to kill the animal,’ he vowed while narrating the tale about killing of his younger brother, Azhar Hayat, an eight years boy who was attacked and killed by a leopard in 2015 at Nagri Bala union council of Makol village in Nathiagali.
My father, Irshad, who drives a cab in Karachi, was also so much shocked and grieved over the incident that he used to roam in forests for three consecutive months with gun in his hand to search and kill the leopard in retaliation over killing of his cute son, Khizer told APP. Same are the sentiments of the bereaved relatives of ten years old Sohail son of Yousaf and a 14 years old girl Tahira who both were mauled by a same leopard in Baren Gali and Pattan Kalan areas of Abbotabad district in 2011.
The leopard which had become a man eater was later trapped and shifted to a Wildlife Park in Malakand district.
‘The reaction of victim’s relatives is natural because they have lost family members due to attack by big cat,’ comments Sajid Hussain, Field Assistant Common Leopard WWF-Pakistan. It is very difficult for officials of Wildlife Department KP and WWF to face the victims after every incident of leopard attack, Sajid told APP during a field visit to Nathiagali. —APP

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