In 2011, an expert American trophy hunter, Bryan Kinsel Harlan, decided to explore the Mountains of Pakistan even when the population of his target trophy (Pakistan’s markhor) reached a worrisome low of 2,500.
Markhors are known as Pakistan’s national animals because they primarily have their natural habitat in the mountains of Pakistan.
They are also called screwed-horned goats because of the long and curly nature of their horns.
Bryan Kinsel is the third American trophy hunter to legally obtain Pakistan’s official approval to hunt their long-aged mountain native goat – male markhor.
This exploration was with a monetary trophy of $110,000 as the male markhors are rare species having their habitat in the Mountains of Pakistan.
Bryan’s remarks after killing the male markhor betrayed his excitement during this adventure.
For him, it was a memorable hunting expedition that gave him a great sense of fulfillment.
The regional press reported that Bryan made a verbal flaunt of his victory over the male markhor.
“It was an easy and close shot. I am pleased to take this trophy.”
However, Bryan’s hunting adventure, which resulted in the male markhor’s death, was criticized by many, especially animal rights advocates, and advocates for the conservation of endangered species from other countries who spoke against the American’s hunting expedition.
They believe that actions such as Bryan’s are harmful to nature and the ecosystem.
Their dissatisfaction could be traced to the International Union’s report for the Conservation of Nature that stated that the Pakistan markhors are being threatened.
According to this report, it comprehensively means that the markhors are close to extinction.
In the face of this fiery criticism, Bryan raised his verbal shield.
According to him, his hunt was legal and approved by the Government of Pakistan. He added that hunting the markhors is necessary to help the ecosystem.
In defense of Bryan’s trophy hunt of the male markhor, the Government of Pakistan said that local poachers are being restricted from hunting the markhors to preserve their existence, and only foreign hunters who are licensed by the Government of Pakistan are permitted to hunt the mountain animals.