Tehran, 4 October 2005 (CHN) -- Isfahan's hunting grounds are the only region in Iran in which the hunting permit is just issued for foreigners.
Isfahan province enjoys 2 protected areas and a national park, with a variety of plants and animals. The province has had dry times in the past few years, but due to its variety of plants and animals, it still issues hunting permits, however, just for foreigners and not for domestic hunters.
During last year, just 14 hunters arrived in Isfahan, all of whom were foreigners. Morteza Talebi, director of Control and Inspection office of Isfahan Department of Environment, explains that the main reason for this decision is the more income gained by the foreign hunters and the less problem caused by these hunters. "Each foreign hunter should pay 5000-6000 US dollars, which is much more than what the domestic hunters pay (just 200 dollars)," said Talebi.
Talebi also believes that the Iranian hunters cause environmental imbalances due to being more interested in hunting male animals both for religious beliefs and favoring the male meat taste.
The wildlife regions of Isfahan are as follow:
Mouteh preserved zone, with an estimated area of over 220,000 hectares, is home to 300 kinds of plants. The rich vegetation of the area has attracted a diversity of wild animals there. It is located near Mouteh village of Meimeh, north of Isfahan province, and northwest of Delijan city. Mouteh is located between the two provinces of Isfahan and Markazi.
Experts believe Mouteh is one of Iran's best natural habitations for gazelles. A number of species including goat, sheep, fox, jackal, and a variety of birds are native to Mouteh.
The protected zone of Mouteh, at the height of 3000 meters from the sea, is a semi-dry region, with almost hot summers and cold winters.
Wildlife shelter of Ghamishlou, with an estimated area of 37,000 hectares, is located between the cities of Najafabad and Khomeinishahr. The area is the best habitat for rams and wild ewes, but there are also a lot of animals such as wild goat, deer, leopard, wolf, hyena, fox and different kinds of hunting birds such as eagle, vulture, and partridge in the area.
The National Park of Kolah Ghazi is located 36 kilometers south of Isfahan. In the south eastern areas of the park, there are two parallel ranges of mountains, the south one is called Kolah Ghazi. The name of is taken from two high rocks, one of them 2534 meters which can be seen from Isfahan and the other 2331 meters. The ecosystem of the area which is considered one of the best wildlife habitats of the central area of Iran attracted the attention of the Control and Inspection Office of the Department of Environment to categorize it as a National Park.
There are several kinds of plants in the area, such as wild almond, fig, etc, and different species of animals such as ram, leopard, deer, wild rabbit, wolf, fox, etc, and different kind of reptiles, such as crocodile and lizard.
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