Status and Conservation of Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus theibetanus) in District Mansehra and Kohistan
Project Developer/Executant and Affiliation
Of the 08 species of the bears in the world, 02 occur in Pakistan; the Asiatic/Himalayan Black bear and Brown bear. According to T.J. Roberts In Pakistan the Asiatic Black bear is mainly confined to the Himalayan moist temperate forests of Pakistan and Aj&K. In servheen’s (1990) review of the status and conservation of the bears of the world, he found very limited information on the Asiatic black bears in Pakistan. Even basic information doesn’t exist for many areas in the distributional ranges of this species in Pakistan. So in that context the applicant designed the said study to collect the basic information on scientific lines about the species distribution and status in District Mansehra and Kohistan and in Pakistan generally. Applicant will also try to build monitoring mechanism in the selected study areas where its population currently is growing well with the collaboration of wildlife staff and local communities.