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US hunter pays USD 1.1 lakh to hunt Pakistan national animal Markhor

According to a report published in the 'Dawn' newspaper, Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department said that Bryn Kinsel Harlan hunted a Flared-horned Markhor from Sassi Harmosh community conservation area

Published: 06th February 2019 04:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2019 02:45 PM   |  A+A-

Bryan Kinsel Harlan with his trophy in Sassi village of Harmosh valley. (Photo | Dawn.com)

By Online Desk

A US citizen has reportedly paid a whopping USD 110, 000 - the highest ever - to kill a   Markhor, Pakistan's national animal.

According to a report published in Pakistani newspaper the 'Dawn' newspaper, Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department said that Bryn Kinsel Harlan hunted a Flared-horned Markhor from Sassi Harmosh community conservation area.

The hunter was able to hunt a 41-inch markhor trophy, which is considered a good-sized trophy. But this is not the first occasion where a foreigner has paid to hunt. 

Last month two American nationals in separate incidents paid more than hundred thousand US dollars to hunt the animal. So far, about 50 wildlife animals have been hunted by foreigners and national hunters in GB under trophy hunting season 2018-19.

Markhor is also known as screw horn goat as it features twisted horns which appear as a screw. In Persian 'Mar' means snake and 'Khor' means eater. which is sometimes interpreted to either represent the species' ability to kill a snake, or as a reference to its corkscrewing horns, which are somewhat reminiscent of coiling snakes. 

Once Markhor hunting was completly legal which led to fall in its population to few hundreds. After continous efforts by NGOs like Save Our Species and WCS Pakistan were limited to 12 per year. The species has almost been brought back from the verge of extinction.



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  • Anna

    What the hell is wrong with these trophy hunters??? There’s hundreds of other options for recreation and they land on THAT? Americans from the south (especially Texans) seem to be the worst offenders. Morons.
    1 year ago reply
  • Tassadyte med

    Sale monstre...horrible.
    1 year ago reply
  • Beclin

    Espece de batard et t en ai fier?! Connard j espere qu il t arrivera la meme chose pour toi un jour quand on te pointera une arme sur ta gueule
    1 year ago reply
  • Al

    Is it legal there to kill these? Article doesn't elaborate.
    1 year ago reply
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