A Texas man paid $110,000 to hunt a rare mountain goat called the markhor in Pakistan, according to reports.
According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn.com, American Bryan Harlan paid the amount as a permit fee to hunt the animal at the Sassi-Harmosh community conservation area.
“It was an easy and close shot and I am pleased to take this trophy,” said Harlan as reported by Dawn.
Videos surfacing online appear to show Harlan with a group of people during his hunt for the markhor as well as kneeling behind the dead animal after the hunt.
The Dallas Morning News reports Harlan is a banking executive based in Dallas.
Pakistani TV station Samaa reports the government has auctioned four permits to hunt the markhor this year, with three people having completed hunts for the goat.
Eighty percent of the money collected from the auctions goes toward the local community, while the remaining 20 percent goes to the country’s wildlife department, reports Samaa.
Harlan’s hunt was met with some backlash on social media. Animal rights organizations People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said on Twitter criticized Harlan for his hunting adventure.
“Goats are gentle individuals, NOT TROPHIES,” wrote PETA.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the markhor as “near threatened” on its Red List of Threatened Species, with their population increasing to more than 5,700. According to Green Global Travel, the markhor had been considered endangered until 2015, thanks to local conservation efforts.
The goat is considered the “national animal of Pakistan,” said the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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