PESHAWAR: Bidding for Markhor Trophy Hunting was held here on Thursday at the office of Chief Conservator Wildlife Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to a press release issued here registered outfitters from Pakistan including the international bidder (Turkish lady hunter) participated in the bidding process.
The highest bid was offered by M/S Mehran Safari for $160250 equivalent to PKR27116223 for single Markhor to be hunted at the Toshi-I area of district Chitral.
This is the highest rate ever offered in the history of Markhor Trophy Hunting, adds the press release.
The second-highest bid offered by M/S Shikar Safari for $155100 is equivalent to Rs26244781 for single Markhor to be hunted at Toshi-II conservatory, Chitral.
Similarly, the third-highest bid was offered by M/S Shikar Safari for $135150 which is equivalent to Rs22869001 for a single Markhor to be hunted at Keigah, Kohistan.
Whereas, the fourth-highest bid was offered by M/S Shikar Safari for $125100 which is equivalent to Rs21168421 for a single Markhor to be hunted at Gehrait, Chitral.
Furthermore, the highest bid received for the associated species of Markhor i.e. Himalayan Ibex is $3600 which is equivalent to Rs609163.
Eighty percent of the proceeds from such trophy hunting programs are distributed among the local communities and funds are transferred to their bank accounts for community development and wildlife conservation activities in the respective villages.