Population estimation and habitat analysis of Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) in Mirpur district, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
To study distribution, population status and habitat utilization of Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) 18 localities were sampled from 3 zones created in Mirpur district (Azad Jammu and Kashmir). Random transects of fixed length were laid and number of active burrows counted and habitat analysed using quadrat method. Mongoose was distributed with average population density of 9.8 animal/km2, with highest (17.8 animal/Km2) density at Kalyal and lowest (3.5 animal/km2) at Panyam. Most favored altitudinal range was 450 m to-550 m (asl). Population density was the highest (12 animals/km2) in October and lowest (7.4 animals/km2) in May. Dominant vegetation included Acacia nilotica (IV=108.9), Senegalia modesta (IV=94.23), Broussonetia papyrifera (IV=94.19), Calotropis procera (IV=145.46), Dodonaea viscosa (IV=120.17), Cynodon dactylon (IV=174.94), Chrysopogon serrulatus (IV=152.96) and Artemisia scoparia (IV=105.69), Parthenium hysterophorus (IV=113.82), Saccharum spontaneum (IV=199.88) Ziziphus mauritiana (IV=51.35), Lantana indica (IV=78.39) and Morus alba (IV=31.38).