Another American hunts a markhor in Gilgit Baltistan

March 15, 2019

Another American citizen on Friday hunted a markhor during the current hunting season in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Astore district.

He hunted the wild goat at Doyan valley.

This is the fourth consecutive hunt of markhor in Gilgit Baltistan this year as the government and communities share the hunting fee paid by the foreigners.

The hunter paid a Rs12.5 million as permit fee for hunting of the rare wildlife species in the region.

Related: American hunts a markhor in Chitral for $92,000

In February, a US hunter paid $110,000 to hunt Pakistan’s national animal in Gilgit-Baltistan. Bryan Kinsel Harlan hunted the Astore markhor in Sassi-Haramosh. He is the highest fee payer for the hunt. The government auctioned four permits to hunt markhors last year.

Local chairman Hamid Hussain said that the money earned from the hunt is spent on development of the area.

Related: Animals won’t survive unless you put a value on them, says American who hunted markhor for $92,000

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.

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.

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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18 Comments

  1. Al   March 16, 2019 8:36 am/ Reply

    Pathetic beggars- allowing a nearly extinct species- a symbol iif Pakistan- to be eliminated in this fashion. What development are you talking about when there is no Markhor left to hunt in the area? Shame on KPK’s greedy government for failing to preserve a beautiful species. Imran Khan, please take note of this stupidity.

    • Umar   March 17, 2019 3:53 pm/ Reply

      The locals get a share out of this money because of which they protect these animals by deterring hunters which come without license. This is the only way to control their hunting otherwise the locals would finish them in a month

  2. Sajjad   March 16, 2019 2:27 pm/ Reply

    Its a dangerous threat to the survival of these rare species in this region. Havent seen any sort of development out of these earnings, intead it might be an advance tactic of filling their pockets by these departments.

  3. MEHAK SHAMSHER   March 16, 2019 3:51 pm/ Reply

    2/3 of planets wildlife could be extinct by 2020 according to WWF’ our animal population already declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012,and we are on the edge of the new era in which human activity has irreversible altered the ecosystem .
    This loss of wildlife would be the largest mass extinction since dinosaurs.So respected KPK government this may not be the only mean of development.SAVE WILDLIFE.

  4. MEHAK   March 16, 2019 3:55 pm/ Reply

    2/3 of planets wildlife could be extinct by 2020 according to WWF’ our animal population already declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012,and we are on the edge of the new era in which human activity has irreversible altered the ecosystem .
    This loss of wildlife would be the largest mass extinction since dinosaurs.So respected KPK government this may not be the only mean of development.SAVE WILDLIFE.

  5. Muhammad naseer Ahmed   March 16, 2019 6:13 pm/ Reply

    I am so sorry for the MARKORE
    People of Pakistan, shame,, shame shameful act for
    We can do a lot for but we are a bit greedy about,
    A awful act by the government of Pakistan. PM imran Khan please take attention

  6. Baig   March 16, 2019 6:39 pm/ Reply

    The government should reverse it’s decision forthwith, we all know that the government is short of money but can’t make money by killing animals. These hunters are going to make millions by hunting Margot. IK is himself a hunter, he thinks this is cool, but in reality it is not cool, stop this hunt immediately.

  7. pakistani   March 16, 2019 10:24 pm/ Reply

    PATHETIC AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO EARN

  8. Yasir Bhutta   March 16, 2019 10:26 pm/ Reply

    This is not a good decision a pakistan govt… For markhur killing

  9. Hasso ringchan   March 16, 2019 11:15 pm/ Reply

    It is not justice because the government should continue the band on killing markhor . Early we have small number of markhor and it is important to care of it . Even we get a lot of money. If we finish the species of markhor than what we do of this money. Instead of killing it we need to care about them ,it is our beauty.

  10. Sovereign   March 16, 2019 11:18 pm/ Reply

    Very bad!
    Please save wild life.
    Whenever I try to contact wildlife center of Peshawar they can’t receive any call, the only wildlife department not no any government department pick up our calls.
    Biscally , I am from cherat and here in cherat we found some leapord species and I want to inform wildlife department but they never pick the call. Our wildlife is in very dangerous we don’t care our animals. Please save wildlife.
    I request to government please. Do your duty and be sincere with your duty and country.

  11. Sm   March 17, 2019 2:58 am/ Reply

    I think chosen hunting like this m8ght not be bad if money really goes to the people as mature male is hunted who has already left it’s progeny

  12. ZeeShawn   March 17, 2019 6:41 am/ Reply

    Who needs animals when we are making our own too many…might as well make some $$

  13. Repa   March 17, 2019 7:45 am/ Reply

    In New Zealand a human Goat hunted muslims down….stop this nonsense and preserve rare species….

  14. Michael   March 17, 2019 9:34 pm/ Reply

    Without this Hunter Money all of The Goat species in the World will be wiped out by Poaching. With a Value placed on Marrkhor (4 Permits a year) the Locals will PROTECT THEM from poachers. It will SAVE the Species!!!

  15. Amer Ahmad   March 17, 2019 11:49 pm/ Reply

    There are now more markhor than ever before and it is a conservation success story. The locals now protect each animal more than their own herds of sheep as each trophy brings them a lot of money. Remember only older males are allowed to be hunted. These animals are replaced by able younger ones and improve the breed. Understand that male animals die of fighting each other for breeding rights in any case. Such is the success of this system that now markhor are seen at much lower altitude than ever before as they feel safe and are breeding more too.

  16. GULzaman lala   March 20, 2019 2:08 pm/ Reply

    just imagine when a single markhor costs nearly 1 crore 25 lakhs to hunt , who in their right mind in local community would kill them( for just meat). Four hunting permits in a year wont reduce their population.

  17. johngryphon   March 22, 2019 1:13 pm/ Reply

    And all of you people that protest the hunting..how much money do you yourself contribute to the local community?


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