New cash record for rare goat
An American hunter has set a record for a markhor hunt. He paid the highest amount yet paid – US$110,000 – to hunt Pakistan’s national animal.
Bryan Kinsel Harlan hunted the Astore markhor in Gilgit-Baltistan. His is one of four permits the Peshawar wildlife department auctioned last year.
The markhor is a major conservation success thanks to hunting. Down to 275 animals throughout Pakistan in 1993, the number is now more than 5,000, with markhor conservation paid almost entirely by hunting. Markhor can now be found in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Kalash Valley, Hunza among other Northern parts of Pakistan.
Local chairman Hamid Hussain told newspapers that the money earned from Harlan’s hunt will be spent on development of the area.