The ban on hunting cranes in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has been relaxed for fifteen days, from March 20 till April 4, stated a handout issued from the Forestry, Environment and Wildlife department on Friday. The relaxation is subject to certain conditions. Each hunting camp will be allowed to catch a maximum of 20 cranes in a season and there should not be more than 10 pairs of crane calls in a camp, said the official statement. Moreover, fees have also been determined to possess cranes and to set camps for hunting. The fees for hunting will be Rs300 per bird per annum, setting up crane camps in all seasons would cost Rs3,000 per camp and setting up camps in spring would cost Rs5,000 per camp.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2015.
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