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    A horde of mysterious predators attacked the animals grazing in the highland pasture of Khot

    By Zahiruddin

    CHITRAL: A horde of mysterious predators attacked the animals grazing in the highland pasture of Khot valley in upper Chitral leaving eight numbers of cows, oxen and calves dead in the pool of blood.

    The onslaught of the predators took place in the darkness of night and the villagers tending the animals in the pasture found them dead the next morning while the predators had devoured some parts of the animal’s body.

    The villagers believed the attacking predators as snow leopards but the notion has been disputed by an official of Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) juxtaposing the characteristics of the wild cat with the incidence.

    While talking to Chitral Times, the coordinator of SLF in Chitral, Khurshid Ali Shah said that it will be premature to call the predator as snow leopard before a proper inquiry is conducted while the predator has not been spotted in the pastures of upper Chitral during the last decade.

    He said that the snow leopard, by its characteristic habit, preys only the feeble and the ailing animal and do not kill more than one at a time in an open field while it kills all the animals present in a corral in which it finds itself trapped.

    Mr. Shah said that the imprints of the paws of the wild cat are can be easily seen in a vast area of its presence while in the place of occurrence, no such marks were noted by the official of wildlife department who had examined the area.

    He opined that the attacking predators can be wolves which tend to remain in flocks while snow leopards always liked to be solitary in an area.

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