Villagers of Mastuj captured a wild lynx
CHITRAL: The villagers in Mastuj village captured a lynx
which had had killed eight number of goats in the pasture and
handed it over to the wildlife department officials.
A villager Barkat Ali Jan told Chitral Times on telephone
that a couple of lynx had played with the livestock of the
villagers by killing the goats and sheep in the pasture while
chickens in the village over the last two years which inflicted
financial loss on them.
He said that the villagers chased the wild cat when it was spotted
in the village and it was capture unhurt as it climbed a tree by
hurling a noose of rope on it and clamping it.
Mr. Jan said that the number of goats and sheep killed by the lynx
rose to dozens during the last two years and the loss of a goat
meant a loss of livelihood amounting to 15 thousands rupees.
He said that the community members had approached the divisional
forest officer (DFO) of wild life department to release the
captured lynx in a place far away from the village to save their
livestock from it.
He said that the villagers have time and again approached the wild
life department for group insurance of their livestock which faced
the danger of lynx, snow leopard, wolf and brown bear but to no
Mr. Jan complained that keeping in view the importance of the
biodiversity, the villagers have always desisted themselves from
killing the wild beasts for saving their livestock and have
extended cooperation to the department but it was not being
reciprocated by the department.
He said that due to its high altitude, no cereal crops are grown on
profitable bases and the major occupation of the villagers is
livestock keeping and the loss of the cattle heads should be
properly compensated and insurance is the best way of it.
When the DFO, wild life Imtiaz Hussain was contacted to know his
version, he said that the lynx was released last night but he did
not know the locality where it was released by his officials.