An increase in ibex hunting in Gilgit Baltistan has resulted in shock and outrage amongst the environmentalists and activists involved in the conservation efforts. What is outrageous is that not only is the Ibex i.e. Markhor is an endangered animal but is also the National Animal of Pakistan.
Social media has been swarmed by heartbreaking and utterly cruel pictures of these hunters
Gilgit Baltistan, along with the mountainous regions of the Chitral, is a major breeding ground for the South Asian ibex, a national animal of Pakistan. However, due to the recent hunting trend that has picked up the momentum we see the presence of these famed goats going down
Take a look at these images
Local as well as foreign hunters deliberately travel to the remote areas in Gilgit Baltistan in order to pursue this guilty passion
The most seen hunters on the fertile ibex hunting ground in Gilgit Baltistan are the elite who hunts theses mountain goats with liberty. And with the profiles of these influential individuals ranging from legislators to tribal chieftains, forest officers deployed to curtail such activities remain powerless to do anything.
The Foreign Tourists also descend on the GB to try their hands at hunting ibexes. Marcopolo Sheeps and Deers. Some of the most popular regions in GB preferred for hunting trips are Hunza, Astore, Nagar and Baltistan Region.
GB forest and wildlife department still does not spurred into action in response to the increasing amount of social media campaigns which protested the hunting of ibexes.
With such high casualties of our endangered species and our national animal, the actions taken by the Government is not ‘sufficient’ at all, let alone efficient.
The Government of Pakistan needs to wake up before it is too late.
This would in turn result in a significant financial impact and would help the locals in preserving and protecting our endangered species.