It’s a lot of hiking – the total area is 1,325 km2 wildnerness – and it’s fairly pricy too. Shooting a Himalayan thar costs up to 221,000 rs (2,000 USD) while a blue sheep has a 115,000 rs (1100 USD) price tag.Indeed, every year a handsome amount is made in government revenue as hunters from countries like the U.S., Canada, Norway, Poland and Spain fly in for the shoot. In total, the reserve made 4,6 million rs. (42,000 USD) in revenue this fiscal year alone.
It’s also exclusive hunting by any standard. The quota varies from year to year, but no more than one or two dozen animals of each species are selected for hunting and shot in one fiscal year.
The Himalayan thar is on the near-threatened species list, in part because of hunting, while the blue sheep – stable food of the snow leopard – is not if considering the Himalayan region as a whole. Hopefully, the collected revenue will go into further protecting and preserving these majestic rock climbers and their wild, beautiful habitat.