US Hunter pays $80,000 to enjoy Markhor hunting 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.
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.
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