PESHAWAR: Markhor trophy hunting in Toshi receives highest ever bid here on Thursday. The overall markhor and ibex trophy hunting permits fetched $597,200 for the hunting season of winter 2021.
The highest bidder offered $160,250 for hunting a single markhor in Toshi-I game reserve in Lower Chitral.
According to an official statement, registered outfitters from Pakistan, including an international bidder (a woman from Turkey), participated in the bidding.
The highest bid of $160,250 was offered by Mehran Safari for hunting a markhor in Toshi-I.
The second highest bid was offered by Shikar Safari at $155,100 for hunting a markhor at the same conservatory.
Similarly, the third highest bid was offered by Shikar Safari for $135,150 for a markhor to be hunted at Keigah, Kohistan, whereas the fourth highest bid of $125,100 was offered by Shikar Safarifor a single markhor in Gahiret, Chitral.
Furthermore, highest bid received for the associated species of markhor i.e. Himalayan Ibex is $3600.
The wildlife department issues permits to selected bidders for trophy hunting of markhor and other species.
The statement said 80 per cent of the proceeds from the trophy hunting programme were distributed to the local communities, while the funds were transferred to their bank accounts for community development and wildlife conservation activities in the respective villages.
Markhor trophy hunting in Toshi receives highest ever bid