Markhor hunting

According to wildlife officials, an American citizen named Edward Joseph Hudson hunted down the longest horned Markhor in the Toshi Shasha conservation area in Chitral on Saturday (2.JAN.2020).

Moreover, the hunter paid the official authorities $88,000 as the permit fee to hunt the Markhor under the hunting trophy program.

Chitral wildlife range head Altaf Ali Shah while said, the hunted Markhor was 10 years old. In addition, its horns were 44 inches long.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief conservator of wildlife Dr Muhsin Farooq said that 80 percent of the permit fee shall be utilized for development projects of the local community. Moreover, it will help in conserving the wildlife in the region.

Dr Farooq informed that the provincial authorities allow four permits every year. Consequently, three in Chitral and one in Kohistan, for Markhor hunting.

The population of the rare species has now reached 5,000 in both regions of the province. They have submitted a proposal to the federal government to demand an increase in the number of hunting trophy permits.

Some days ago, another US-based hunter, Joseph Bradford, reportedly hunted down a Markhor using the traditional archery method.

He said Mr Bradford had to launch his bow from a closer range. Whereas, constantly being in the range, as the markhors  sensed the arrival of a hunter from afar.


Mr Mulk said the hunter successfully targeted the markhor at the second attempt.  He targeted from a high point covered by trees on three sides on the last day of his expedition. He said Mr Bradford created a world record of hunting a markhor with the help of bow.

According to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) wildlife department, Bradford successfully targeted the Markhor in the Toshi area of Chitral.

The US hunter paid $80,000 or Rs17.12 million for the trophy-hunting permit. However, this happened for the first time that the hunter has used an arrow and a bow to hunt an animal.

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