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Historic Triumph: US Citizen Bags Markhor in Chitral with Record-Breaking Permit Bid

On Sunday, a citizen of the United States successfully engaged in the hunting of a splendid Markhor at the Tooshi Shasha Conservancy in the Lower Chitral district. This accomplishment followed the acquisition of a hunting permit through a bidding process.

The individual in question, Deron James Millman, secured the bid in October, offering an impressive $232,000, setting a record for the highest bid in history, according to the sources.

Markhor, a species of wild goat native to high-altitude monsoon forests in central Asia, is particularly prized for its majestic horns. In this instance, the mountain monarch boasted horns measuring 45 inches in size.

Last October, the wildlife department in the northernmost region of the country auctioned hunting permits for Astor Markhors at unprecedented prices as part of the trophy scheme.

Markhor

It is noteworthy that hunting permits are issued annually for various areas, including Tooshi Conservancy in Chitral District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Gehrait Conservancy in Chitral District, and Kaigah Conservancy in Kohistan District.

In the previous year, the highest bid received for the associated species of Astor Markhor amounted to $167,525.

The practice of trophy hunting has yielded positive outcomes, contributing to the growth of the Markhor population. Through the trophy hunting program, local communities receive 80% of the license fee, with the government retaining the remainder. The specific amount varies, as licenses are granted through a competitive bidding process.

It’s important to note that only elderly male Markhors are targeted, and these animals can be distinguished by their horns, gait, and body structure. This program has been hailed as a significant success in the preservation of biodiversity in Pakistan.

The incentives generated by the trophy hunting program have instilled new ethical standards within the concerned communities, leading them to view their wild game species as valuable economic assets.

The Markhor, which holds the status of the national animal of Pakistan, is protected by both local and international laws, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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