Photo Credit: Peter Hopper / Creative Commons
October 6, 2014
Thanks to a thirty-year community conservation program in the remote mountains of Pakistan, a key population of the straight-horned markhor, a type of wild mountain goat, has made a remarkable recovery to the point where the subspecies' status is being reduced from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today in a final rule. Today, the population numbers in excess of 3,500 as a result of the Torghar Conservation Project that uses limited trophy hunting as a means to raise critically needed funds for markhor conservation, while improving habitat for both markhor and domestic livestock and improving the economic conditions for the local tribal community.