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Texas big game hunter paid Pakistani government $110,000 to kill a rare Himalayan goat

Pakistan made local hunting of the animals illegal but allows foreign hunters to kill 12 male goats per season with a permit.

MEGAN SHEETS: ‘A big game trophy hunter from Texas paid $110,000 to kill a rare Himalayan mountain goat as part of a conservation program that aims to reduce poaching of the once-endangered national animal of Pakistan. Bryan Harlan forked over the hefty fee to obtain a license to hunt the wild Astore Markhor, a screw-horn goat that lives in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of the northern Himalayas. A YouTube video from Harlan’s hunt shows the mortgage banking executive from Dallas firing at least one shot into a markhor, causing it to leap into the air. The businessman then high fives another member of his hunting party before a group of men are seen dragging the kill up a mountain, where Harlan posed over its corpse…

The Dallas Morning News reported that in the past month, Harlan and two other Americans paid to hunt three markhor goats in northern Pakistan, prompting anger from animal rights activists on social media… Efforts to preserve the markhor population were ramped up after 2011 reports indicated there were only 2,500 left in the wild due to deforestation, military actions, poaching for food and hunters seeking their horns, which can grow up to five feet long. Pakistan made local hunting of the animals illegal but allows foreign hunters to kill 12 male goats per season with a permit. Each permit allows for one kill’. SOURCE…

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