By Barbara Crown, EditorEditor's Note: Editor Barbara Crown traveled to Spain's Mallorca Island this past April where she met with wildlife officials and hunter-conservationists fighting to save a unique, local species called the Balearean boc. Here's what she learned about the expanding hunting opportunity they have created there and the hunting scams threatening both their efforts and the conservation of this species.
The Balearean boc was on the brink of disappearing. A wild goat found on the Island of Mallorca off the eastern coast of Spain, the boc was threatened by an expanding population of domestic goat hybrids that, unchecked, would have cross-bred the boc out of existence. The species was saved through a collaborative effort between Mallorcan wildlife authorities and local hunter/conservationists. Their work was funded by sport hunters, and after only a few years, there are again large populations of Balearean boc in areas that are officially certified for the purity of the animals offered. It is an amazing success story that is now imperiled by apathetic and dishonest operators trying to cash in on Mallorca's work. The Hunting Report
first covered hunting for Balearean boc (or Mallorcan goat) in February 2007. (See Article 1800
in our online database.) SCI had added the species to the record book in 2004 and Grand Slam Club Ovis added it to the Capra World Slam Super 20 and 30. The boc caught the attention of mountain hunters and capra collectors everywhere, and there was suddenly a demand for a species previously unknown by most international hunters. Numerous operators from the Iberian Peninsula lined up clients to add a Balearean boc to their other Spanish trophies.