US nationals pay fortune for hunting in Pakistan


06 Feb 2019

US hunter pays whopping $110,000 to kill Pakistan national animal

A hunter from the US paid a whopping $110,000 to the Pakistan government to obtain a permit to hunt and kill a flare-horned Markhor, a rare wildlife species in Pakistan.

The hunter, Bryan Kinsel Harlan, completed his kill on Monday.

Notably, this is the highest-ever fee received by the Pakistan government for trophy hunting.

Here are the details.

What Harlan had to say

"It was an easy and close shot and I am pleased to take this trophy," said Harlan, who managed to hunt a 41-inch Markhor trophy, which is considered to be a good hunt.


The Markhor is a protected species in Pakistan

The Markhor is a protected species in Pakistan

The Markhor, a distinctive species of wild goat characterized by its long hair and spiralled horn, is the national animal of Pakistan.

It is a protected species, and it is illegal to kill Markhors unless the government issues permits for trophy hunting.

Annually, the Pakistan government issues four permits for hunting Markhors, and 80% of the proceeds from the permits go to local communities.

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There are only 5,700 odd Markhors in the world

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Markhors are a near-threatened species and features in the union's Red List. The animal has a worldwide population of 5,754 and is found in Afghanistan, India (Jammu and Kashmir), Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.


Three US nationals paid extravagant fees for Markhor hunting

During the 2018-19 trophy hunting season, three US nationals paid extravagant fees to acquire Markhor hunting permits.

While Harlan paid a record $110,000 for his permit, he was followed closely by Dianda Christopher Anthony, who paid $105,000 for his Markhor hunting permit, and completed his kill on January 21.

Meanwhile, another US national, John Amistoso, paid $100,000 to kill a Markhor.

Around 50 animals were killed in this trophy hunting season

Markhors apart, a total of around 50 animals were hunted by national and foreign hunters during the 2018-19 trophy hunting season. Officials say that the trophy hunting program has been successful in improving the prosperity of communities in conservation areas.

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