Gilgit-Baltistan government has given hunters the permission to hunt Pakistan’s rare animals, including ‘markhor’ is just $83,500. It auctioned off permits to hunt 124 animals.
The markhor is Pakistan’s national animal and the permit to hunt one will cost $83,500 this year. Last year, the permit to hunt the national animal was $110,000. Hunters from all over Pakistan and the rest of the world come to the country in the winter to hunt.
Another rare animal, blue sheep or bharal permit was auctioned off at $8,900.
Conservator at the Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department, Mehmood Ghaznavi, said that the bidding this year was better because they had “better rates”. He further said that more people participated in the auction and the results turned out to be “encouraging”.
Last winters, the permit to hunt markhor cost $110,000 and locals are unhappy that the permit was sold at a lower price this year. The money from the permit is divided between locals and the federal government, with 80% going to locals.