Getting A Handle On Himalayan Ibex Hunts


Published: April - 1999

Markhor.... Himalayan ibex.... Three subspecies of urials. Pakistan has all these animals and the good news is, at least some of these species are being cleared for import into the US. Here at The Hunting Report, we are still digging for the information we need on markhor and urials, but in the meantime here is what we know about Himalayan ibex, which are available right now for hunting and for import into the US. What focused our attention on this animal is the receipt last month of a Hunt Report from subscriber Ronald A. Pitts, who took a Himalayan ibex this past February that measured 42 x 9 3/4 in what is called the Northern Area of Pakistan. Pitts listed his "booking agent" as Richard Garstang of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). What gives...?

Garstang is a long-time player on the international conservation field, who first came to our attention years ago when he worked for Nature Conservation in South Africa. He later came to the United States for a while, and then slipped from our view. What is he doing in Pakistan, and how in the world does WWF become involved in "booking" ibex hunts? We immediately faxed Garstang in Lahore (Richard Garstang, Conservation Advisor, World Wide Fund For Nature) and asked him for an update on his activities. Here was his reply:

"WWF has, for almost a decade, been experimenting with ways of making the wildlife of the Northern Areas (NA) - a territory administered by Pakistan - pay its own way. This is a necessity if there is to be any conservation in this region at all because the government's financial resources are stretched pretty thin. With full-blown provinces to provide for, the territories receive very little in the way of support. That's where the NA community-based conservation initiative comes in. It involves a whole range of wildlife utilization activities, from bird watching to trekking and hunting. The idea is to cut a deal with the villagers, which involves them ceasing all subsistence hunting and illegal cutting of timber in exchange for the........(continued)

 
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