International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 3, March 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]


Status and Threats of Asiatic Black bear in Gais Valley of Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
      Rehmat Ali, Babar Khan, Garee Khan, Muhammad Zafar Khan, Saeed Abass, Uzma Rais
Abstract: The team conducted informal interviews of the shepherds, farmers, teachers, religious, political leaders and elites of Gais valley District Diamer Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan to determine threats to Himalayan black bear (Ursus thibetanus) from October 29 to November 6, 2013. Based on our interviews and discussions, we evaluated the existence of Black bear in the valley and one other adjacent valley of the district. During the visit we conducted interviews in Banga, Gumbas, Katrochung, Changa, Shang, Sonologah and proper Gais village. Eleven (11) numbers of bears have been reported by the local in the valley which they have seen in the year 2013. The shepherds told that they have seen the species mostly in night and very rare in day time, while damaging fruits of mulberry. Some of the old hunters and community members told that the species has been sighted during the month of January in the valley. Due to harvesting of forest in adjacent valleys, the Black bear shifted to Gais valley forest. According to the respondents the species damage with an estimated figure of 4 mounds crop/fruits per household with a market value of Rs.3000-4000/- per household and per year and damage Fifteen (15) livestock (Cow, goat and sheep) annually in the pastures, of the valley with a market value of Rs 450000/- in Pak Rupees. Mostly, the Black bear attacks on crop filed of Maize, grapes, apricot, walnut, mulberry fruits during night time. The fruits were usually damage in late evening and especially, when the people shifts from lower villages to upper villages. 85% of the population told about the damages of their crops and fruits. The agriculture field near to forest is most affected by the bear.

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Rehmat Ali, Babar Khan, Garee Khan, Muhammad Zafar Khan, Saeed Abass, Uzma Rais (2018); Status and Threats of Asiatic Black bear in Gais Valley of Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; Int J Sci Res Publ 5(3) (ISSN: 2250-3153). http://www.ijsrp.org/research-paper-0315.php?rp=P393794
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