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American hunts markhor in Toshi Shasha

CHITRAL: An American national hunted Kashmir markhor with horns measuring 50 inches in Toshi Shasha conservancy here the other day.

He had obtained the permit from the wildlife department at a cost of 150,000 US dollars.

Divisional forest officer of wildlife division, Chitral, Mohammad Idrees saud the American national named James Kevin had to wait for two days to find a markor of larger size in different parts of the conservancy due to heavy snowfall.

He said on the third day of the hectic search, he chose a markhor in Toshi segment of the conservancy situated opposite to the Garam Chashma Road, and shot it dead from a close range.

It is to be recalled here that an American had hunted a Kashmir markhor from the same conservancy in December last year, which was the first trophy hunting of the season.

The forest officer said 80 per cent of the permit fee would go to the local community for their collective development.

He said the contribution of the local community in the conservation process had worked well leading to an increase in the population of Kashmir markhor, which had been declared one of the endangered species in 1970s in the area due to excessive poaching.–Zahiruddin

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