US Hunter pays $80,000 to enjoy Markhor hunting in Chitral

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US Hunter pays $80,000 to hunt Markhor in Chitral.

Ever since the Markhor population in Chitral increased from 900 to 5,000, the wildlife department started offering hunting permits to people.

Joseph Bradford, an American citizen, came to Chitral on Friday to hunt down a Markhor in the region using the traditional archery method. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) wildlife department reported:

Bradford successfully targeted the Markhor in the Toshi area of Chitral. The horns of the hunted animal were measured at 40 inches.

Reports state that the US hunter paid $80,000 or Rs. 17.12 million to acquire the trophy-hunting permit. The permit authorized the hunter to use an arrow and a bow for hunting an animal.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s chief conservator Dr. Muhsin Farooq said: 

Eighty percent of the money paid by the hunter shall be distributed among the local community to help conserve the wildlife in the region.

KP Wildlife Department issues $80,000 permits to allow Markhor hunting in Chitral.

Last year, the season’s first markhor was hunted in Skardu town of Gilgit-Baltistan by an Italian hunter named Carlo Pasco. GB wildlife department reported:

Pasco successfully hunted a flared-horned markhor from the Skardu conservation area managed by the local community and forest department.

Dr. Farooq stated:

Years ago, when we started the trophy-hunting program, the Markhor population was estimated at around only 900 in the region. However, the number has now crossed 5,000 in Chitral and Kohistan.

The chief conservator added:

We submitted a proposal to the Federal Government to demand an increase in the number of hunting trophy permits, as the Markhor population had been increasing.

Dr. Farooq explained:

The money collected through the permit fees can help the local community protect the endangered animals in their localities.

It is pertinent to mention that Markhor-hunting commonly takes place in Pakistan around this season. Every hunter is required to pay a permit fee, which is used to conserve the population of the species that have been listed in the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened since 2015.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • Hunting should not be allowed in Pakistan ….. and markhor is our national animal….so on tge hunting of markhor there should be punishment….

  • Feeling very angry on such permits literally imran khan govt really dissapoints us. Ibex is our pride we shouldn’t have alow any american to hunt ut down infact not only american any one else. Wild life dept must be take to court for such permits.

  • For all those saying that this is bad. They need to understand that the Markhor they select for hunting is of very old age and has gone through its process of breeding and can not birth anymore. Only these kind of Markhors are selected for hunting and these hunts fetch millions of rupees for the locals whose livelihood depends on it. This money also help in more wildlife conservation as it stops all illegal hunts. If you still think this should not happen than why don’t you pay millions of rupees to the locals and give them jobs in their villages.


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