Population Distribution of Capra Falconeri (Markhor) In Jutial Valley of District Gilgit, Gligit-Baltistan


  • Muhammad Akbar Wildlife Conservation Society, Gilgit-Balitsitan, Pakistan Author
  • Mayoor Khan Department of Botany University of Baltistan Skardu, Gilgit-Balitsitan, Pakistan Author
  • Faisal Hussain 3Department of Natural Resource Management Author
  • Syed Naeem Abbas Forest, Parks, Wildlife and Environment Department Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan Author
  • Ghulam Raza Department of Botany, Ghazi University Dera Gahzi Khan Author
  • Muhammad Ali Department of Zoology, University of Baltistan, Pakistan Author


poaching, Illegal hunting, Jutial valley, Capra Falconeri


This study was carried out to investigate population, distribution and conservation status of Capra falconeri (Markhor), in the Jutial valley of District Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite scarcity of natural vegetation and extreme climate, estimated population and distribution of Markhor was not different from this valley. Illegal hunting and poaching, removals of natural vegetation for fodder, firewood and over grazing of pastures by livestock are major reducing factors of Markhor in this valley. Several surveys using direct and indirect counting methods were held in 65 potential habitats during December, 2015 and questionnaire based interviews were held with local hunters and herders. Results revealed that a total of 65 Markhors were observed with the composition of yearling, females and males. The study also showed that population of trophy animals size were identified in the potential areas of Jutial valley has increased considerably whereas that of non-trophy animals have fallen down to the verge of local extinction. The increases are attributed to overwhelming success of community base conservation program, initiated by WWF, WCS and GB Forest & Wildlife department. Efforts to maintain balance between conservation needs of the wild resource and development needs of the dependent communities is required for sustainable management.


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