There are four Major species of Lynx ( (Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, bobcat , Himalayan Lynx or Eurasian lynx,) The Himalayan Lynx is very Rare and it is found it Northern Areas of Pakistan District Chitral.
Lynx have a short tail, characteristic tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears, large, padded paws for walking on snow and long whiskers on the face. Under their neck they have a ruff which has black bars resembling a bow tie, although this is often not visible.
The bobcat is a medium-sized North American cat
Himalayan Lynx and Eurasian lynx
Himalayan found in Northern Areas of Pakistan
- Approximately 50,000 individuals.
- Wide range, extending across Europe and central Asia, Siberia and East Asia.
- Survive up to 17 years in the wild and 20 years in captivity.
Himalayan Lynx, one of the most elusive and powerful cats living in the world’s highest mountains, on a successful hunt for markhor. These are the first intimate images of the Himalayan Lynx ever captured in Pakistan.
The Himalayan lynx is one of the most elusive and powerful cats living in these mountains, rivalled only by the famous snow leopard. As an apex predator, the lynx plays an essential role in maintaining the balance and health of this complex mountain ecosystem.
Usually a nocturnal hunter, and incredibly elusive in its environment, the lynx is almost never seen by humans. I couldn’t believe what was in my frame.
With a lessening in human movement everywhere throughout the world during corona , creatures, some which have once in a while been seen previously, are coming out of their concealing spots and investigating their environmental factors without an impedance.
While filming a group of markhor grazing in the Tooshi-Shasha Wildlife Conservancy recently, our field production team and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department spotted this lynx crouching in a camouflaged position behind a rock, about to begin a hunt. What followed was a dramatic scene few have ever witnessed – a lynx stalking and successfully killing a yearling markhor.
The cat allowed the big group of markhor to pass, knowing it’s chances were poor, then began a long, fast, silent descent down the mountain side to where a smaller group of females and young were grazing by the river. Before I knew it, the lynx had its jaws around the throat of a baby markhor, and within seconds, life left its body
In an uncommon event, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Wildlife Department group and a WWF-Pakistan’s producer caught a Himalayan lynx chasing a markhor on the lofty, rough bluffs of Chitral valley.
As per an official proclamation, this is just because that a nighttime tracker and profoundly subtle creature has been shot in the region.
The lynx, privately considered as an uncommon animal categories, is known to be available in Chitral, just as other northern regions of Pakistan including Gilgit-Baltistan, read the announcement, including that the specific dissemination and range are not known.
As of late, WWF-Pakistan’s movie producer Nyal Mueenuddin and the KP Wildlife Department group were set for Chitral to film the Kashmir Markhor.
While shooting a gathering of Markhors outside Chitral town, the team recognized a Himalayan lynx getting ready for a chase. The lynx didn’t assault the huge gathering of passing Markhors, yet it got a yearling Markhor, which was brushing by the riverside alongside its mom.
As per the group, when the lynx was certain that the prey had been murdered, it withdrew to a close by tree to rest. The camera group hung tight for about 90 minutes before the lynx came back to the site of the chase and started eating the corpse.
With a stream isolating the team and the lynx, the producers had the option to move near the lynx devouring the Markhor. A while later, the lynx came back to the precipices where it roosted itself on a stone to rest and overview. The team additionally caught ramble pictures of the feline on the stone.
With respect to of this chase, Director General, WWF-Pakistan Hammad Naqi Khan said that the Himalayan lynx is one of the final summit predators in the territory.
Remarking on this uncommon shoot, Muhammad Idrees, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO Wildlife) said that the lynx assaults on ungulates, for example, the Himalayan ibex and markhor, have been accounted for the past numerous years and are normal in Chitral, particularly in Chitral Gol National Park.
He was of the view that people are the greatest risk to untamed life because of an expansion in human populace, retaliatory killings, territory misfortune, natural surroundings discontinuity, deforestation and absence of mindfulness in regards to the environment and evolved ways of life.
The lynx contends with the snow panther and wolf for nourishment in its natural surroundings run. ‘Our natural life groups are watchful and work in close coordination with neighborhood networks in regards to the security and protection of biodiversity in the zone. To evaluate the number of inhabitants in this species in Chitral, the Wildlife Department is likewise intending to direct a study soon,’ he included.
As of late, the number of inhabitants in the Kashmir Markhor, once almost wiped out in the region, has developed significantly, on account of network based protection activities taken by WWF-Pakistan, the KP Wildlife Department and different accomplices.
The lynx did not attack the large group of passing markhors, but it caught a yearling markhor, which was grazing by the riverside along with its mother. According to the team, when the lynx was sure that the prey had been killed, it retreated to a nearby tree to rest.
The camera team waited for about an hour and a half before the lynx returned to the site of the hunt and began eating the carcass.
With a river separating the crew and the lynx, the filmmakers were able to move close to the lynx feasting on the markhor. Afterwards, the lynx returned to the cliffs where it perched itself on a rock to rest and digest. The crew also captured drone images of the cat on the rock.