Arab royal hunts down 2,100 houbara bustards in three week
This file photo shows a houbara bustard. - File Photo
Updated 2014-04-21 17:13:21
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*KARACHI: A Saudi prince has poached over 2,100 internationally protected
houbara bustards in 21-day hunting safari in Chagai, Balochistan, during
which the royal also indulged in illegal hunting in protected areas, says a
The report titled 'Visit of Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
regarding hunting of houbara bustard' prepared by Jaffar Baloch, divisional
forest officer of the Balochistan forest and wildlife department, Chagai at
Dalbandin, says the prince hunted for 21 days - from Jan 11, 2014 to Jan
31- and hunted 1,977 birds, while other members of his party hunted an
additional 123 birds, bringing the total bustard toll to 2,100, sources
They said that hunting of the internationally protected bird was banned in
Pakistan also, but the federal government issued special permits to Gulf
Permits, which are person specific and could not be used by anyone else,
allow the holders to hunt up to100 houbara bustards in 10 days in the area
allocated, excluding reserved and protected areas.
The report dated Feb 4, 2014 (No: 216-219 HB/CHI) says that during the
21-day safari the prince hunted the birds for 15 days in the reserved and
protected areas, poached birds in other areas for six days and took rest
for two days.
Giving a breakup of date-wise as well as area-wise details of the prince's
expedition, the report says that he hunted 112 houbara bustards in the Gut
game sanctuary (Arbe pat) which is a reserved and protected area on Jan 11,
The next two days on Jan 12 and 13th he hunted 116 and 93 birds in the Gut
game sanctuary (Sai Rek) which is also a reserved and protected area. Then
for the next two days Prince Fahd, who is also governor of Tabuk, visited
Sato Gut and hunted 82 and 80 houbaras on Jan 14 and 15, respectively. On
Jan 16, he visited Gut-i-Barooth and hunted 79 houbaras. Both these areas
are not protected areas, says the report.
For the next six days the Saudi royal camped in the Koh-i-Sultan state
forest, which is a reserved and protected area, and hunted 93, 82, 94, 97,
96 and 120 houbara bustards on Jan 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, respectively.
On Jan 23 and 24, he continued his hunting spree in the Gut game sanctuary
(Dam), which is a reserved as well as protected area, and hunted 116 and
197 houbara bustards, respectively.
The prince carried out hunting of the protected bird in Thalo Station and
hunted 89 houbara bustards on Jan 25 and spent the next two days hunting
the birds in Pul Choto, killing 34 and 89 birds on Jan 26 and 27,
respectively. Both of these areas are neither reserved nor protected, says
The remaining four days, Prince Fahd spent in the Gut game sanctuary, a
reserved as well as protected area, and hunted 92, 94, 119 and 97 birds on
Jan 28, 29, 30, and 31, respectively. The royal guest took rest on Feb 1
and 2 at the Bar Tagzai base camp after bringing the grand total of his
trophies to 1,977.
The report says: "123 birds were hunted by local representatives and other
labourers of the hunting party. The total bustards hunted by Prince Fahd
bin Abdul Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud are 1,977 and total bustards hunted
by local representatives and other labourers are 123 bringing the grand
total to 2100".
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