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American hunts a markhor in Chitral for $92,000

January 12, 2019

Photo: Courtesy Pamir Times

An American tourist has hunted a markhor in Chitral for $92,000.

The markhor, also known as the screw horn goat, is Pakistan’s national animal. The wild goat is an endangered species.

Markhor is protected by the local and international laws like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

It can be found in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Kalash Valley, Hunza among other Northern parts of Pakistan.

According to a local newspaper, Pamir Times, the American tourist was identified as Christopher. Another tourist from New Zealand was unable to hunt the markhor despite firing thrice.

Although hunting the markhor is illegal in Pakistan, the government has introduced a scheme which makes the hunt legal. The scheme is known as trophy hunting.

Related: Exclusive: Pakistan’s first ever wildlife policy to curb trafficking of endangered animals through social media

A hunting trophy license is issued after a proper auction by Peshawar’s wildlife department. The highest bidder is then given a permit to hunt one markhor.

According to the wildlife department spokesperson, the life of a markhor is between 10 and 12 years.

Annually, four hunting trophy licenses are issued for Markhor hunting and 80% of the money collected is distributed among the local community, whereas 20% is kept by the wildlife department.



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    Dr navid   January 13, 2019 3:49 am/ Reply

    Do appreciate this

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    Mahesh kaushik   January 13, 2019 7:47 am/ Reply

    Actually human is very cruel. I do not expect so much cruelty against animals.i think people are not God fearing or God I’d not there .

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    Gary Bowman   January 13, 2019 8:42 am/ Reply

    Tell us what you think???? It’s a joke. Senseless backwards barbarism. Sort yourselves out…..

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    Khalid khan   January 13, 2019 9:39 am/ Reply

    Congratulations Christopher

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    Faizi   January 13, 2019 10:33 am/ Reply

    Afsos hai wese is department pe
    Qomi janwar bachane ki bajaye paise le k shikaar krne de rhe hain jo k pehle e bht nayaab hain yeh Qoam ni sudheri gi kabhi b
    Shame shame shame

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    Ishrat Nadeem   January 13, 2019 12:01 pm/ Reply

    Interesting. Would Americans be ok if we were to hunt down the American eagles on their soil. I seriously doubt it. There can be better ways to serve the local community. Keep a reward for anyone who reports a markhor being hunted.

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      Anonymous   January 14, 2019 11:04 pm/ Reply

      This is a very good idea to reward people who report wildlife killings – also one of the articles says that 80% for the price paid for a trophy shoot will go back into the local community, however I very much doubt this – with so much corruption around, I am sure the money ends up in the hands of a few privileged officials. Would it not be better to protect and nurture the country’s wonderful and unique wildlife to attract tourists to see it and only ‘shoot’ it with their cameras?

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      Ann   January 15, 2019 2:35 am/ Reply

      You are so correct. It is disgusting and shameful that he was allowed to shoot this animal.

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    Usman   January 13, 2019 1:25 pm/ Reply

    I only hope the government is ensuring these markhor’s are breeding as well.

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    Hassan Tariq   January 13, 2019 2:30 pm/ Reply

    I think human’s are the only species on earth who feels success by killing other species. This cruel nature of humans is very sad. This could be a great picture if it shows that a markhor is saved by humans.

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      Lisa   January 14, 2019 9:06 am/ Reply

      Perfectly stated. Thank you Hassan.

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        Steve   January 14, 2019 9:55 am/ Reply

        I agree, Hassan, you have said it well.

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          Rita USA   January 14, 2019 8:53 pm/ Reply

          I agree that hunting for the sake of killing is despicable and immoral. Apparently the people who live where this animal is found don’t feel the same way even considering the markhor is an endangered species. I don’t see mentioned what the economic status is of the people that live where this animal was killed. Even if the money was “needed” by the people of that area its still a horrible practice. Only people have the capacity to protect animals.

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      Lori Smith   January 14, 2019 9:17 pm/ Reply

      Exactly Hassan, thank you! We would all prefer to see humans saving endangered species!

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    محمد عثمان صدیق   January 13, 2019 7:52 pm/ Reply

    شرم آنی چاہیے قومی جانور کے شکار کی اجازت ہی کیوں دی…..

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    Michelle   January 14, 2019 9:08 am/ Reply

    This man should be shot.

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    B. Maurene White   January 14, 2019 9:25 am/ Reply

    What a disgusting act – to kill an endangered animal. What a cowardly, degraded despicable freak, sadistic, stupid, and pathetic immoral depraved —cannot think of enough insults for such sub-human idiocy.

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      kellie rerick   January 14, 2019 10:27 pm/ Reply

      perhaps we should all take bids on this christopher and when we get the highest bid, that person can do the same thing to christopher as he has done to this screw horn goat. i wonder how much people would pay to hunt this vile person christopher, i will put in a huge sum of money to do it. i am sure there are plenty of others who would love to do the same. then that money can be distributed for the local community. lets start bidding folks!!!

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    Ale   January 14, 2019 9:41 am/ Reply

    Please, God, make these stupid hunters fall from the mountain…

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    RobbieS   January 14, 2019 10:50 am/ Reply

    I totally agree with you Hassan Tariq – it’s beyond my understanding how humans can be so cruel – and yes Maureen White, I believe the word cowardly describes these creeps well, there is something so wrong – likely a psychopathic disorder. Sad.

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    margaret milne   January 14, 2019 11:07 am/ Reply

    I believe it is the American Way – kill! there is no shame and it is sick. Spend $92000.00 rather than support the
    endangered is just for the rich. Pitiful

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    Phil the Red   January 14, 2019 11:31 am/ Reply

    How much would it cost to hunt this saddo Yank?

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      lawrence   January 14, 2019 10:14 pm/ Reply

      I don’t know, but it would be money weel spent.

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    A proper human   January 14, 2019 11:53 am/ Reply

    These are type of people who deserve MN disease.or some terminal cancer.

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    Carol Brandt   January 14, 2019 12:27 pm/ Reply

    So who are they? Someone has to know their full names and where they live.

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    Kate   January 14, 2019 1:57 pm/ Reply

    I wonder how much money the Wildlife department will charge to shoot the last one?

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    Khan   January 14, 2019 2:21 pm/ Reply

    Do you finally feel like a man now Christopher??

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    Roger Jones   January 14, 2019 3:09 pm/ Reply

    Pathetic people with no appreciation of the diversity of life on this planet and have to kill to shore up their own inadequacies.

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    Penni   January 14, 2019 5:47 pm/ Reply

    Trophy hunters are cowards and anyone who enjoys hunting and killing is a psychopath. Any country that lets it’s endangered species be hunted needs to figure out other ways to make money.

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    Gavin mccain   January 14, 2019 7:02 pm/ Reply

    These pathetic scumbags won’t be Happy until they are all extinct and then what will shoot? Hopefully each other???

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    James Guinane   January 14, 2019 9:12 pm/ Reply

    Trophy hunters are lower than low life.

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    Lori Smith   January 14, 2019 9:14 pm/ Reply

    It is downright shameful in so many ways…first that this American scumbag hunter (whose name is supposedly Christopher), was so greedy that he paid $92K to kill an Endangered animal. Second that the greedy and disgraceful government of that Pakistan ALLOWED it to happen. Third, the Peshawar wildlife department held an auction to award the highest bidder the permit. Fourth, that the government of Pakistan issued FOUR hunting trophy licenses for Markhor hunting and 80% of the money collected is distributed among the local community, whereas 20% is kept by the wildlife department. Fifth, that the ethnic Chitral people will take money for this beautiful endangered species to be killed. They should be doing everything in their power to protect their natural resources, not contribute to its demise.


    Greed, malice and chaos will be the death of all humanity someday…you can see it unfolding now.

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    Michael   January 14, 2019 9:48 pm/ Reply

    Why don’t they release names of wanted criminals and go hunt them , kill other people not innocent animals trying to survive around our crazy bullshit

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    Jimmy patton   January 14, 2019 10:37 pm/ Reply

    So foreign aid is not a requirement for Pakistan.
    Big money is paid to kill their wildlife.

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    CJ   January 14, 2019 11:01 pm/ Reply

    Thank you, Hassan. I couldn’t have said it better.

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    Ursula M.   January 14, 2019 11:31 pm/ Reply

    As long as there are corrupt officials around, unfortunately this sad trade will continue. As for the so-called trophy hunters, they are the most despicable characters on earth. They are callous, selfish, unfeeling and disrespectful of all life. They never give a thought for anything than their ego..This beautiful and unique animal that he just killed, was born and nurtured by its mother and then had to learn how to survive in this harsh and unforgiving land, fight battles, overcome hardship …. and then this man comes along and simply kills it for fun. This animal was part of God’s creation and when you look into the eyes of any living creature I know that they have souls too. JUST THINK – how much good this man could have done by giving those thousands of dollars he spent on killing this animal to the people living in that area? To poor families, children etc – this money would have gone a long way to make a big difference in their lives and their thoughts and prayers would have been his reward. Would this not have been more ‘fun’?

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    Clifford McCarthy   January 15, 2019 1:44 am/ Reply

    Very Sick People im afraid!

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    K. Sewell   January 15, 2019 12:25 pm/ Reply

    A bunch of gutless, […]! These […] degenerate “human” filth need fixing squarely in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle. And I personally would have no problem whatsoever in squeezing the trigger of retribution.
    As for benefiting the community…my […]! That so-called 80% will do nothing more than afford some perverse extravagance for officialdom.
    As for conservation? That statement alone is an insult to common sense. The only conservation is protection and propagation of the species.
    This simply highlights further the whole damn hypocrisy of wildlife protection and its inherently corrupt core. I truly despair.
    (Editor’s note: This comment was lightly edited for invective)

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    shakeel ahmad   February 22, 2019 12:33 am/ Reply

    for all those who says that govt is taking money for hunting national animal . i read a complete artical on TRT WORLD page on facebook . this trophy license actully help in saving the specie . bcz of this trophy locals are engage in saving it instead of hunting thay are protecting the animal . in two decade back only 600 were lift and now it reachs upto 2000 . my point is govt didnot introduce trophy license of markhor for making money but thay instead introduce it for its protection . only four license/ year are issued and 80% of the money gives to the locals in which 50% will be used for the animal portection . if you see the incresae in the animal numbers i think its very good . still that govt sould came up with a new strategy to take more precise steps and protect the endengard specie and our noational animal.

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      pakistani   March 24, 2019 2:25 pm/ Reply


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    JOhnson   August 23, 2019 1:26 am/ Reply

    Why people here in comment section are getting so worked up for? i don’t get it. Its very clear the wild life department or the local would protect their source of income after this move . It better to allow hunting in a legal way than putting money in stopping the hunt when you know corruption exist.
    Till we have dozens of those animal pair which i guess govt must have planned earlier by moving some out. There is nothing to worry. As we have in past breeded many animals and save the animal from going extinct this isn’t that big deal for today’s tech. This is just how some economy works . Thailand , Brazil u know what they are living on.
    Is this morally right that’s a different thing altogether.
    I see this from a policy point of view and its seems right & a reasonable policy when tackling the issue which was at hand.

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