Wildlife dept sells Markhor hunting permits for record-high $5 lakh
PESHAWAR: The Wildlife Department has sold four permits for Markhor hunting under the Trophy Hunting scheme for a record high revenue of US dollar 502,500, showing an increase of US dollar 160,500 as compared to the previous year’s revenue.
This year during the hunting period starting from November 2019 to March 2020, the department also set a record of selling a single hunting permit for US dollar 150,000, informed Muhammad Niaz, DFO Wildlife Extension.
Talking to APP, Muhammad Niaz said annual revenue through sale of Markhor Trophy Hunting is showing increase with each passing year.
For the first time when the scheme was launched in 1990 the hunting permits were sold at US dollar 15000 and later gradually the amount increased as foreign hunters kept on coming to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for hunting of the wild goat having long spiral horns.
Niaz apprised APP that Wildlife Department is pioneer of Trophy Hunting Scheme launched for conservation of Markhor and Ibex in its habitats at Chitral and Kohistan districts.
With the passage of time the scheme has shown very good results as population of Markhor which was around 960 in 1990 has now reached over 5500 in 2018. – APP