Michel S.,IUCN Species Survival Commission Caprinae Specialist Group |
Rosen Michel T.,Snow Leopard Programme |
Saidov A.,Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan |
Karimov K.,University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna |
And 2 more authors.
Heptner's markhor Capra falconeri heptneri is an Endangered wild goat occurring in disjunct populations in southern Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Surveys to determine the total population in Tajikistan were conducted during February-April 2012. A total of 1,018 animals were observed. In most areas, which include state protected areas and family- and community-based conservancies, markhor populations are stable or increasing. Threats include illegal hunting, habitat degradation, competition with livestock and disease transmission. To motivate conservancies economically to protect markhor populations, trophy hunting should be permitted to accommodate the sustainable use of markhor, with revenues distributed in a transparent and equitably shared manner. © 2014 Fauna & Flora International. Source