Trophy hunter ‘pays $110k’ to kill and pose with rare mountain goat

The Astore markhor is the national animal of Pakistan and has been listed as ‘endangered’ in the past

Bryan Kinsel Harlan, pictured here on a different hunt, reportedly paid the highest ever fee for a hunting permit in Pakistan. And the trophy hunter even bragged that it was an "easy and close shot". A photograph of Harlan sitting proudly with his kill, showing the majestic markhor with its symmetrical spiralling horns (which can grow to a length of 1.5m in some cases) angered many. "This is the third time I am in Pakistan". "The number of animals is increasing, and these foreign hunters are millionaires who go back and tell the world that Pakistan is safe". I saved the markhors for the last'.

Many outraged social media commentators wondered why there was no official ban on hunting the animal but that is where the counterintuitive nature of conservation comes into play.

Harlan's latest target was seen standing on a rock with a younger markhor when it suddenly leapt in the air after being struck by the Texas hunter's bullet.

A video posted to social media shows Bryan Kinsel Harlan climbing through mountains in Pakistan's northern Gilgit region, before shooting at the goat, high-fiving with guides and then pulling the animal up by its horns.

Markhor populations across the Himalayan ranges of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan have been dwindling as a result of deforestation from logging, military exercises, competition with regional livestock for food as well as domestic poaching.

"To kill such a magnificent animal for sport is sickening", one person said.

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'This is a flawless example of hunters and villagers coming together for a common goal of game conservation, ' he said, although the photo of him posing with the animal has sparked some backlash.

By 2015, the population had increased to the point that the USA classified the markhor as "threatened" instead of "endangered". The foreign hunter managed to hunt a 41-inch Markhor trophy, which is considered a good-sized trophy. The other 20 percent goes to the Pakistani government.

The conservation group Green Global Travel called the markhor population increase "one of the world's little-known conversation success stories". They can be found in northern Pakistan.

"This is not just about hunting", Ullah said.

"You're missing out", he said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Harlan earned an MBA in finance from Dallas Baptist University in 2004 after graduating from Texas Christian University in 1997 with a degree in finance and psychology.

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