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Markhor hunting season begins in Gilgit-Baltistan

GILGIT: An Italian citizen on Thursday hunted the first Markhor of the season, department of Wildlife and forestry of the region told, ARY News reported.

According to the Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department, Carlo Pasco successfully hunted a flared-horned markhor from the conservation area.

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The hunter had paid 85,000 US dollar as permit fee for hunting of the rare wildlife species in the region.

The Wildlife department claims that 80% of the amount paid by hunters are given to the local community to invest on themselves and the conversation of these animals.

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The markhor is a large Capra species native to Central Asia, Karakoram and the Himalayas. It is listed on the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened since 2015.



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