On December 14th 2019, 80 years old Joe Walraven a US National has hunted a “Kashmir Markhor” in Toshi area of Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan.
Hayat Muhammad Idrees, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), told the media that the 80 year old US national paid $140,000 to hunt the Markhor under the legal ‘trophy hunting’ program. This is the highest permit fee ever paid in the country.
The size of the trophy is reported to be around 50 inches. Which makes it the largest Kashmir Markhor to be hunted in the rugged mountains of Pakistan, in the last 6 years.
Markhor, the National animal of Pakistan is a distinct species of wild goats identified by its long hair and spiralled horns, and is a protected species in Pakistan unless permitted by the government to be hunted under the “legal trophy hunting program”.
80% of the amount paid by the hunters under the “legal trophy hunting program” goes to the local community, for community development activities and the rest of the amount goes into the government exchequer.
The “legal trophy hunting program” has proven to be a success in increasing the population of the Markhor and other animals in the region, as well as bringing prosperity to the region, according to the officials.
The local population now works to protect the animals instead of killing them, which has lead to a drastic increase in the wildlife population.
Average price payed to hunt a Markhor in Pakistan, ranges between USD 80,000-100,000. Prior to this a couple of people have paid over a 100 thousand USD to hunt a Markhor, but USD 140,000 for a single Markhor trophy is the highest amount ever paid under the “legal trophy hunting program” in Pakistan.
Source : Pamir Times