Bryan Kinsel Harlan has become the third American citizen to hunt Pakistan’s national animal, markhor, in Gilgit Baltistan. He has also made the record of paying the highest-ever fee for hunting the Himalayan goat.
The Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department has revealed that Bryan successfully hunted a flare-horned markhor from Sassi-Harmosh community conservation area.
The American national paid a whopping $110,000 as a permit fee for hunting the rare wildlife species in the region. It is the highest permit fee ever paid in Pakistan.
The markhor had 41-inch horns, which is deemed a good-sized trophy.
An American hunter Bryan Kinsel Harlan successfully hunted 41 inches flared-horned markhor in Sassi-Harmosh Community Conservation Area of Gilgit Baltistan 🇵🇰 by paying US$110,000 as permit fee. pic.twitter.com/pkr52L2uPl
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The said permit was auctioned last year for just four flare-horned markhors. After this hunt, only one markhor is allowed to be hunted in the GB region. Notably, the wild species have become a good source of income for the local communities under the trophy-hunting program.
The first markhor under the permit was hunted on Jan. 16 by an American, John Amistoso. He paid $100,000 for the hunt of the highest-rated Astore Markhor in the Bunji area of Gilgit.
The second Astore Markhor was hunted by the US citizen Dianda Christopher Anthony for $105,000. Moreover, around 50 wildlife animals have been hunted by national and foreign hunters in GB, under the trophy-hunting season 2018-2019.