An American hunter from Texas is facing criticism after he traveled to Pakistan to hunt a rare markhor goat. Bryan Kinsel Harlan paid a record $110,000 for the permit to kill the goat in the mountains of northern Pakistan.
A video of the hunt was shared on Facebook, which showed Harlan high-fiving his local guides after making the kill shot.
Pakistan made it illegal for locals to hunt the goats after poaching and deforestation caused authorities to list them as endangered. The country made an exception that allowed 12 goats to be killed each year by foreign trophy hunters like Harlan.
"This is a perfect example of hunters and villagers coming together for a common goal of game conservation,” Harlan said.
“This is not just about hunting. The number of animals is increasing, and these foreign hunters are millionaires who go back and tell the world that Pakistan is safe,” Ullah explained. “Now, more and more tourists are coming.”
Not everybody was happy with Harlan for killing the goat. A vast majority of the comments on the Facebook video are negative, with some people expressing their desire to harm Harlan. The animal rights group PETA said that "goats are gentle individuals, NOT TROPHIES" in a Twitter post which had hundreds of retweets and likes.
Harlan is the third American hunter this year to travel to the country for a chance to hunt the rare goat.
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