Less than 6,000 of these rare goats remain in the wild, and according to IUCN, hunting remains a top risk for the species.
“[This goat was] auctioned for trophy hunting by the government of Gilgit-Baltistan under its community based conservation program,” Babar Khan, director of wildlife for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan, which worked with the Pakistani government to help plan the hunt under its conservation initiatives, told The Dodo. “This is an incentivised conservation approach to trade off poaching threats to wildlife in remote underprivileged mountain communities of Pakistan.”
The hunting program that killed this goat was founded in 1993 by WWF and the Gilgit-Baltistan government, Khan said, and aims to support anti-poaching units, habitat improvement and community education. Allowing trophy hunts has also led to a “significant increase” in markhor populations, WWF says.