Bryan Kinsel Harlan, a Texas-based banking executive reportedly paid $110,000 to the Pakistani government for the opportunity to kill a rare Himalayan mountain goat. Bryan Kinsel Harlan reportedly travelled to Pakistan and paid the steep amount of cold, hard cash in order to hunt an Astor markhor, a rare wild goat. The animal was shot dead during a tourist expedition to Gilgit-Baltistan, a northern Himalayan region in Pakistan.
“It is an honour and privilege to be back in Pakistan,” Harlan said, according to Pakistani TV station Samaa. “This is the third time I am in Pakistan. I have hunted almost all animals here. I saved the markhors for the last.”
The Astor markhor is a breed of goat that has large, flat and spirally horns. They can be found in northern Pakistan.
Under normal circumstances, hunting wild Astor markhors is banned. The animal is protected by local and international conservation laws like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
However, the Pakistani government allows trophy hunting for a large fee. The government granted one permit to Harlan to kill the rare goat.
Pakistani authorities claim that 80% of $110,000 fee goes back to the community while the remaining will go to wildlife agencies, as reported by the Washington Post.
A viral video reportedly showed the goat leaping into the air after being shot, as well as Harlan kneeling behind his trophy kill.
Harlan and two other Americans paid to trophy hunt three markhor goats in northern Pakistan. Pakistani officials and conservation groups told the news outlet the hunts saved the animal from extinction.
Harlan was roasted online for his trophy hunt.
“Bryan Kinsel Harlan is a disgusting human being,” tweeted one angered individual.
Bryan Kinsel Harlan is a disgusting human being. Just think of the good he could have done with $110,000 instead of killing a rate defenseless animal.— Marsha R (@mtrae9) February 12, 2019
“This Bryan Kinsel Harlan dude should be ashamed of himself. Hunting exotic animals is disgusting, paying to shoot them up close is even worse,” tweeted another.
This Bryan Kinsel Harlan dude should be ashamed of himself. Hunting exotic animals is disgusting, paying to shoot them up close is even worse. #savetheanimals pic.twitter.com/anzzI7xSA2— Calio (@LApartyKID) February 12, 2019
It’s believed that about 2,500 markhor goats remain in the wild, the Post reported.