Skip to comments.A U.S. trophy hunter paid $110,000 to kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan
Posted on 02/12/2019 9:14:26 PM PST by Simon GreenEdited on 02/13/2019 9:17:52 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
The photograph, published last week in Pakistani newspapers, was stunning. It showed a magnificent mountain goat, with huge, symmetrically spiral horns, nestled on a rock and surrounded by breathtaking snowy mountains, with a man kneeling and smiling behind it.
It took a few seconds to realize that the animal, a wild Astore markhor, was dead. The caption described the man as an American hunter who had paid a record $110,000 to shoot it on a tourist expedition to Pakistanís northern Himalayan region of Gilgit-Baltistan.
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Somewhere in Pakistan a Muslim male is mour... ahhhh nevermind.
How about a late term abortion though. That’d be okay right?
I’m not into trophy hunting.
And, it’s not like he actually hunted it down.
Here it is... now point and shoot.
It’s his business but I could find a thousand things more worthy of spending that kind of money on. I’m not impressed.
“At Democratic Underground...”
They think animals are immortal if they aren’t hunted.
T’was a beautiful animal.
> At Democratic Underground, poster after poster is calling for him to be killed for legally hunting a goat. <
I won’t call for his death. But I will call him stupid. Yes, it’s his money. He can do whatever is legal with that money. But spending $110,000 to shoot a rare goat is like spending $110,000 to shoot a rare painting.
I’d advise him to spend $50 for a deer license instead. Then spend the rest of the money to help put a relative through school. But that’s just me. That guy can do whatever he wants.
Exactly. What is the need to pose with it and post a picture? Do it, shut up, take it home and have a nice BBQ. This will make you infamous, just a joke with your face impaled on a photo. So What??? ‘Nuff said.
Or at least wear a snagglepuss.
“Exactly. What is the need to pose with it and post a picture?”
He wants everyone to know what an exceptional “hunter” he is.
During rut males try to blow rivals off the steep mountain sides with their explosive flatulence.
Gutting this animal can be deadly if an intestine is inadvertently nicked.
“It was an easy and close shot”
Guess the hardest part of the hunt was going to “Pahkistahn”. Sounds like he was basically able to walk up to it and shoot it. Really beautiful animal. I’d rather see it alive.
I’m not against hunting. But I find some kills more disturbing than others.
> And, its not like he actually hunted it down. Here it is... now point and shoot. <
A good friend of mine went bear-hunting in Alaska. The guide put out some deer meat bait. Then my friend waited in a blind until a bear showed up. Bang! Dead bear.
Sorry, good friend. I’m not impressed.
Actually, this the same thing that is done in every state of our union. It’s different in numbers of participants and pricing only due to locale. Here, countless thousands buy a licenses to kill a certain game animal or animals.
The state wildlife state agency monitors the herds and decides how many need to be harvested to ensure healthy, uncrowded populations that are much less prone to diseases that can decimate herds, like wasting disease for example.
Pakistan can’t sell thousands of licenses to locals, so they sell a very few to rich foreigners. The funds will help catch poachers who kill many more of these animals than the few hunters, for example.
It’s just animal management, and no big deal.
The practice actually has encouraged conservation of these beautiful animals. They are hunted in an impoverished area... oh wait, let me copy and paste the article for you..
“For decades, the population of markhors, which are native to the Himalayan ranges of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, has been dwindling, the result of local poaching for meat, deforestation and logging, military activities, competition with livestock and uncontrolled domestic trophy hunting for their splendid horns. By 2011, there were only an estimated 2,500 markhors left.
Several years ago, regional officials and conservationists began taking action to save them. India designated five sanctuaries for markhors in the mountainous border state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan banned all local hunting but started allowing a small number of foreign hunters to shoot 12 male goats per season in community conservation areas in Gilgit and elsewhere.
Most of the funds are supposed to be distributed to the impoverished, isolated residents in the goats mountainous habitat areas, which get 80 percent of the fee as well as income as hunting guides and hosts all extra incentive not to poach the markhors. Government wildlife agencies get 20 percent.
Oh but I’m sure you read all that. Glad you clarified he can do whatever he wants because as soon as we start telling people or even suggesting to them how they should spend their money we allow people to tell you what kind of car, what of house, what kind of clothes, what kind of shoes, what kind of jacket, what kind of food, etc etc etc etc you get to buy.
> The practice actually has encouraged conservation of these beautiful animals. <
No argument there. Trophy hunters help cull the herd. And their money helps to preserve what’s left. But are those trophy hunters really hunters? Nope, not at all. They don’t get any respect from me.
It's the senselessness of it. This is a rare animal that is valuable just because it still exists and goats aren't even good eating, IMO. Whitetail deer are massively abundant, they cause tremendous damage to cars, and they taste good.
I can kill a deer without any emotion or remorse at all, but if I killed a puppy, I'd feel awful. This animal was the equivalent of a puppy.
they cost money but nothing like what this guy blew......which I find almost obscene....
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