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.
Shortly after our first report, however, we learned the hunting had been shut down. Mallorcan wildlife authorities as well as local hunter-conservationists said the increased hunting pressure was too much for the small population of boc that was in danger of being lost to hybridization out of existence. When the hunting was reopened, it was under an intense program in which managers of game reserves conducted aggressive culling programs, removing hundreds of hybrid animals and assisting with population surveys and the collection of biometric data for wildlife managers.
Those who participated in the program and abided by the strict requirements of the wildlife department were issued a limited quota of pure Balearean boc to sell to sport hunters. Daily rates and trophy fees fund the costs of their management programs. As........(continued)