To that end, wildlife authorities have granted an outfitting license to Braden Escobar of Andean Adventure Outfitters to bring hunters to the islands to eliminate the animals. Escobar has done a thorough survey of the situation, and he thinks hunters in reasonably good physical condition with good stalking and shooting skills might very well shoot 20 animals a day. The great majority of these would be feral goats. Escobar cautions hunters not to underestimate the sporting qualities of these animals. He says they are every bit as elusive as wild goats or ibex. Most shots would be at ranges of 50 to 200 yards.
The terrain is rolling, with hills that might rise to a maximum of about 1,000 feet above sea level. All guiding is done by licensed guides who have catered to tourists for years, know the precise whereabouts of the animals and speak adequate English. It must be emphasized that all hunting will be done for feral species and no hunting of indigenous species will be allowed. Furthermore, all hunting will be done well away from tourists, who might not appreciate the need for the elimination of the feral species.
At this time it is not certain........(continued)