American hunter hunts a Kashmir Markhor in Toshi Shasha
CHITRAL : An American hunter hunted a kashmir markhor in
Toshi Shasha conservancy of Chitral which is said to be second
largest in size in the history of trophy hunting of markhor in the
Sub Divisional wildlife officer of wildlife department, Irshad
Ahmed told Chitral Times that the hunrter Geff Lee Demaske
had obtained hunting permit from the wild life department at the
cost of 10.15 rupees for the conservancy.
The largest size had been recorded to be 51 cm which a German
hunted had hunted in the same conservancy three years ago, he said
adding that the there were seven numbers of more markhors
in the conservancy, he said.
He said that after reaching here the American hunter spent only one
day in the conservancy to make a choice of a trophy size markhor
and marked a 9-year old animal as the conservancy due to its high
“Locating it at a distance of 430 meters, he fired at the trophy
with his 7 mm Remington rifle which pierce his body making it fell
down instantly”, he said adding that the range was not comfortable
and there was every chance of its missing the target but he
He said that two months ago, one of the trophy size markhors in the
conservancy was poached by the poachers of the nearby village of
Kuju who were later on apprehended by the department and case
registered against them.
Keeping in view the strength of markhors in a certain conservancy,
the wildlife department pus to auction two numbers of markhors
every year in Chitral district and the successful bidder is issued
hunting permit while the value of highest bid was 10.15 million
In lieu of conservation efforts, 80 percent of the income accrued
from the permit fee of the trophy hunting of markhor, goes to the
local community through the village conservation committee (VCC)
which have been organized in different villages.
Mr. Ahmed claimed that it was the achievement of wild life
department to preserve and enhance the population of the markhor
which was at the verge of extinction in 1970s while the present
population of the animal in different conservancies of the district
stands at 3400.