TEHRAN Nov. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- The hunting season has been inaugurated by citizens and foreign tourists in the natural parks of Neishabour, said director of Neishabour’s Department of the Preservation of Environment Hamid Reza Haghaniat on Monday.

Speaking to IRNA, he said “The tourists who will hunt until the end of the season (March 5) in 'Heydari', the wild animal enclosure, and 'Raisi,' an area where hunting is forbidden, will set about hunting ram, deer and boar.

 

“According to our plan tourists from European countries will travel to Neishabour for the hunting.”

 

He added “Now even people from Germany and Canada are hunting in Neishabour’s natural parks. Over the last year the greatest number of hunters from abroad came to Neishabour for hunting and holiday-making. Often

these people come from Europe and America. This influx of tourists to Neishabour over the last five years has brought more than 100,000 dollars of foreign exchange."

 

The president of the Neishabour’s Department of Environment in another part of this interview said, "Boars have caused the most damage to the agricultural lands of the city's farmers and the foreign hunters are responsible for a decline in the number of boars on the farmers' land. More than 600 heads of boar live in the mountainous regions of Neishabour. There are two natural parks in the south and northwest of this city,” he added.

 

The city, situated 120 km southwest of Mashhad, houses 500,000 people in its centre.

 

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