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Survey of Western Tragopan, Koklass Pheasant, and Himalayan Monal populations in the Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, India.
The office then apprehended the hunter and fined him Rs50,500 for killing 25 Koklass and three Monals.' (Source: Endangered animals in Pakistan Aug 6, 2014).
The official said heavy snowfall had forced the rare species of pheasants, including Khalij, Koklass and Monal, to temporarily shift from high mountains to plains in Hazara division to prevent adverse effects of harsh weather.
Well-known pheasant species in the pheasantry comprise species inhabitant to Pakistan that are Koklass (Pucrasia macrolopha), Kalij (Lophura leucomelana), Monal (Lophophorus impeganus), Cheer (Catreus wallichi) and Tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus) and non-native species including the Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), Lady Amherst (Chrysolophus amherstiae), Yellow Golden (Chrysolophus pictus mut.
Apart from cheer, four species of pheasants, including Koklass, Monal, Western Tragopan and Kalij found in the outer Himalayas of Pakistan are also bred at the pheasantry, he added.
Talking to local journalists here at Timergara he said that a resident of Dir Lower had shared pictures of illegal hunting of protected birds (Koklass and Monal Pheasant) on social media (Facebook).
He said that in scenic Kumrat valley of Dir Kohistan, rare species of Chukar partridge, Black Partridge, Grey partridge, Munal Pheasant and Koklass were found in abundance.
Other mammal and bird species recorded in the study area included the snow leopard (Panthera uncia), common leopard (Panthera pardus), black bear (Ursus thibetanus), grey langur (Semnopithecus ajax), rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta), musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster), kaleej pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos), koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha), monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus), western tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus) and chukor (Alectoris chukar).
It is worth mentioning here that a resident of Dir Lower named Akhunzada Hasham Hazrat shared pictures of illegal hunting of protected birds Koklass and Monal Pheasant on social media.
The official said five species of pheasants including Koklass, Monal, Western Tragopan, Kalij and Cheer, which are found in the outer Himalayas of Pakistan, are also grownup at the peasantry.