Outrage over trophy hunter who paid $110,000 to kill rare mountain goat

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An American man reportedly shelled out $110,000 to hunt and kill a rare mountain while on a recent expedition trip in ’s northern Himalayan region of Gilgit-Baltistan..

Bryan Kinsel Harlan, a trophy hunter from Texas, was photographed on Tuesday kneeling and smiling behind the butchered goat.

Pakistan: US hunter shoots symbolic endangered mountain goat

“It was an easy and close shot,” Mr Harlan told the Pakistani press. “I am pleased to take this trophy.”

The local press identified the goat Mr Harlan killed as a wild Astore by Pakistani newspapers. It is the official national animal of Pakistan.

Mr Harlan’s photo prompted outrage on social media, many from people who are angered by the lack of laws banning—or regulating—the practice of hunting markhors. The Texan hunter is the third American to travel to Pakistan and kill a markhor.

Despite the swift backlash, Mr Harlan seems to have enjoyed his exotic adventure and postured himself as someone involved with animal conservation efforts.

The video footage of Mr Harlan’s hunting experience shows him climbing a cliff and shooting a male marcher sitting next to a young goat before high-firing his local guides.

Another video features Mr Harlan expressing his gratitude in being “welcomed with open arms” and called Pakistan a safe destination for tourists, and urged fellow Americans to follow his footsteps.

“This is a perfect example of hunters and villagers coming together for a common goal of game conservation,” he said.

Pakistani authorities told the Washington Post that, in the past month, only hunters—like Mr Harlan—who have paid large amounts of money are permitted to hunt markhors in the northern parts of its country as part of its efforts to protect the endangered species from potential extinction.

The markhor population have reportedly been diminishing in the past several years, mainly due to deforestation, military activities, local , and unregulated among other causes.

In 2011, there were only about 2,500 markhors remaining in the region.

Pakistani authorities have attempted to make strides to protect the markhors from facing extinctions, including allocating five sanctuaries in India for the rare mountain goats to roam freely and breed.

The South Asian country also banned all hunting from local with the exception of foreign hunters. Foreign hunters are only permitted to hunt 12 male goats in “community conservation areas.”

About 80 per cent of the profits the Pakistani authorities made from foreign hunters are reportedly given to “isolated residents” who live in the goats’ habitat, and the other 20 per cent are allocated to the government wildlife agencies.

In 2015, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature changed the classification for the markhor population from “endangered species” to “near-threatened.”

This article was first published by The Independent on 12 Feb 2019.


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So in 3 years, sustainable and regulated sport hunting has provided massive funds to helped lift this species status from “Endangered” through “Vulnerable” and up to “Near threatened”? From here the next – and only – higher rating is “Least concern” (which is “lowest concern”). What an achievement!! WELL DONE, all you sport hunters for your personal financial outlay – that, individually speaking – far outstrips the input ever contributed by any individual, whining, anti-hunting SJW!! But the anti-hunting mob’s hypocrisy is amazing! Whingeing about the salvation of this species (of 12 animals per year) yet they do NOTHING against… Read more »


Most game is farmed like chicken ,beef or pork.
Hunters actually keep and managed game in most cases.
If hunters didn’t pay to hunt most game would not exist.
If no one wanted to hunt lion there would be no lion.
Just as if no one wanted pork there would be no pigs as it wouldn’t pay to raise them.
Don’t take my word for it.
Get educated before you complain


Having worked in conservation in South Africa, I can say that you are wrong. This is just an excuse for men with guns and ego problems to go and shoot and kill defenceless animals which unfortunately, can’t shoot back. So, get educated yourself and actually work within these environments before spouting something you may have read in an article written by a proponent of massacring defenceless species out of existence.

Alison Moanique


Marla Briggs


Cameron McElroy


Diane Williams

Cruel inbred, just a ugly coward,


Yes, its the “we kill them to save them” argument! Somehow not a lot of common sense or logic in that little phrase, is there?

Clay Taylor
Clay Taylor

…and yet, the National Wildlife Refuges here in the United States are a working example of that. Habitat that would otherwise be unregulated and possibly destroyed is maintained by fees from hunting. I am a birder, not a hunter, but I appreciate that these NWRs are there for both the wildlife and us.

Priscilla Wolinski Diacont


Cool Dross
Cool Dross


Helen Smith

I detest trophy hunters. I hope karma serves him what he deserves.

Cool Dross
Cool Dross


Tonia Vassila

Μακάρι νά σέ βρεί καί εσένα ένα βόλι δολοφόνε

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Another sack of fetid excrement heard from.