An American trophy hunter sparked outrage after apparently paying $ 110,000 to get a license to kill a mountain goat in Pakistan, before posing with the dead animal after the hunt.
A social media video shows Bryan Kinsel Harlan climbing mountains in the Gilgit area of northern Pakistan before shooting the goat, searching with guides, and then pulling the animal by the horns.
Harlan poses with the goat, known as Markhor, on images published in the Pakistani media.
“It was an easy and tight shot and I’m happy to win this trophy,” said the hunter, according to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. CNN contacted Harlan for a comment.
Bryan Kinsel Harlan, photographed here for a different hunt, would have paid the highest price ever obtained for a hunting permit in Pakistan.
The newspaper reports that the fees were the highest ever paid for a hunt in Pakistan and that the third American hunter had paid at least $ 100,000 in license fees in recent weeks.
But the hunt sparked fury on social media in both countries, with commentators calling the killing cruel.
“Goats are gentle beings, not trophies,” PETA animal rights group tweeted, while some Pakistanis called for a ban on hunting such animals.
The markhor is Pakistan’s national animal, but its horns make it an attractive target for shooters and it is legal to hunt the animal in the country.
Listed as endangered until 2015, the International Union for the conservation of nature now considers it “nearly threatened” after its number began to increase.
The group estimates that there are about 5,700 species worldwide.