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Texas businessman pays $110k to kill rare mountain goat

(NBC) - A Texas businessman is said to have paid more than $100,000 to shoot and kill a rare mountain goat in Pakistan.

Bryan Kinsel Harlan posed with the markhor, which is considered the national animal, that he killed earlier this month in a photo that has since been widely circulated online.

"I have hunted almost all animals here," Harlan told a Pakistani TV station, noting that his recent visit was his third trip to Pakistan. "And I've saved the markhors for last."

In a video posted on YouTube on Feb. 7, the Texas man is seen hunting with a guide across the mountainous Himalayan region of Gilgit-Baltistan, in search of the wild Astore markhor.

The markhor, which is Farsi for "snake eater," was considered endangered across the region until four years ago, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

It is illegal to kill the species without a permit. Each year, 12 permits are available to purchase to hunt a male. Harlan is said to have paid $110,000 for one. He is one of three Americans who have purchased the permits in recent weeks, the Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.

The video and images of Harlan next to the dead animal caught the attention of conservationists and animal rights group.

"Goats are gentle individuals, not trophies," animals rights group PETA wrote on Twitter.


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