Notably, 80% of the income generated from the permit fee for trophy hunting of markhor
In a historic event, a Russian national has hunted a 10-year-old Kashmir Markhor in the Kaset village of Toshi Shasha conservancy, located in the Lower Chitral district. The hunter, Denis Morozov, paid a staggering trophy hunting permit fee of Rs. 51 million to the wildlife department for the privilege.
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According to Afsar Khan, an office-holder of the village conservation committee (VCC), this marks the first-ever trophy hunting event in the village, much anticipated by the local community. Khan mentioned that community members provided assistance to Morozov in locating an animal of the desired trophy size. After two days of searching, they successfully located a markhor with impressive 49-inch horns.
The successful hunt was facilitated as Morozov fired at the markhor from a medium range while standing atop a cliff. This achievement follows a similar event last month when an American hunter successfully hunted a markhor with 45-inch horns in the same conservancy.
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Notably, 80% of the income generated from the permit fee for trophy hunting of markhor is allocated to the local community through village VCCs, established by the wildlife department in various villages.