Carlo Pasco, a Spanish hunter has hunted a flare-horned Markhor in Gilgit. The permit fee he paid was $83,500. This is the third time that the national animal of Pakistan is being hunted this season.
According to the Department of Wildlife and forestry of the region, on December 12th, an Italian citizen hunted the first Markhor of the season.
In November 2019, the hunting fees were decided for different local species. The Wildlife Department of Gilgit-Baltistan auctioned off the permits for Markhor for $83,500. The hunters paid $110,000 for hunting the animal in 2018-19.
The wildlife department stated that 80% of the hunting fees go to the locals for their welfare and local animal species conservations. The left 20% is deposited in the national exchequer.
Hunting enthusiasts from all over the world make a trip to northern areas of Pakistan every year especially Gilgit-Baltistan, to collect trophies.
Since 2015, Markhor is listed as a near-threatened species as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.
The markhor is large Capra species that are native to Central Asia, Karakoram and the Himalayas.
In another article, we informed our readers that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will remove the Markhor logo from its planes as PIA has stated that it will not carry the Markhor logo anymore. The PIA spokesperson said that the airline will follow the Supreme Court’s orders and remove the logo.