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An American hunter pays $110k for a trophy hunt in Pakistan and some aren’t happy.

Some people protest the kill on species endangerment grounds but it is all about conservation in the end.

Hunting is a very profitable business. Just ask American citizens that travel abroad to trophy hunt.

Recently, an American went to Pakistan and paid the astronomical fee of $110,000 to hunt and kill a rare mountain goat. As expected with most trophy hunters, he took a picture of himself kneeling next to the animal that he had harvested. The animal in question is the wild Astore markhor.

The markhor is the official animal of the Pakistani people and many have questioned why it continues to be legal to hunt the animal. To answer that question, Pakistani officials maintain:

The practice has actually helped save a rare and endangered species from potential extinction.

Due to its endangered status, Pakistani officials and conservationists have worked tirelessly to help save the population of markhors. To accomplish this, they allow a maximum of 12 male goats per season to be harvested. Money from the sale of these hunts is:

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.

As a hunter myself, it can be frustrating to see disappointment in sanctioned conservation efforts. While trophy hunting may be distasteful to some, hunters play a vital role in the continued existence of animals around the world. Much has been made in the past several years of hunters paying exorbitant fees to hunt animals around the world, some ever receiving death threats for harvesting an animal.

I would argue that the money I pay to the state of Idaho for hunting and fishing licenses and tags contributes much more to the conservation of animal species in my state than any person on Twitter in New York City or Los Angeles.

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