I don't really care what Booth is or isn't looking for. Getting enjoyment out of killing another animal is not something to respect, by standards of civilized morality. He doesn't kill animals in order to provide food for himself, as other hunters have argued is the reason they hunt. He's there to kill for fun....and that's disgusting.
He's better off meaning, he might as well wait in line at the zoo to kill an animal than go to great lengths to bear-bait hunt, and who knows what short-cut he took to 'hunt' that goat. Maybe he pulled a Sarah Palin and shot it from a helicopter, who knows. There's nothing brave about him or his 'recreational activity'. If taking the life of an innocent animal was an act of bravery, then those working at meat processing plants must be Spartans in comparison for all the bolts they've shot into the backs of cattle's heads...but at least they're not doing it for sh*ts and giggles. They do it to provide food on their family's tables. Booth does it so he can pose real pretty for pictures and then post them up on the internet to show everyone how 'brave' he is.
My stance is that if you need to hunt for food, then so be it, but Booth neither hunts because he's hungry nor for any other forseeable necessity. He hunts for pleasure and because it probably make his little penis temporarily grow a couple of inches. And the scary part is that he's the kind of person who actually gets pleasure from causing the death of another being, simply for the satisfaction of being able to.
I've never met a hunter that didn't enjoy hunting. Which is to say the vast majority take some pleasure out of it.
Hunting mountain goat from a helicopter is illegal in BC and has been for a couple of decades.
Booth has said several times he does indeed use the meat from his kills. Although goat meat is considered fairly tough it does make good sausage, stew and decent hamburger meat. Yes, I've eaten it before.
Trophy goats are extremely difficult to get to due to the rugged country they're found in. Hardly shooting fish in a barrel or taking sight at a zoo. You have to be in very good shape just to get there. Outfitters recommend working out and taking difficult hikes for 6 to 8 weeks before attempting a goat hunt.
Goat hunting is limited entry and expensive. The money generated from limited entry hunting is used to help fund enforcement and maintain game preserves where hunting is not allowed.
Natural predators include grizzly, black bear, wolves, wolverine, lynx and cougar. Golden eagles will even knock small new-born kids off rocky ledges to feed on. But more die of starvation, avalanches and climbing accidents in the winter than any other cause. The control of forest fires has had a greater impact on mountain goats than all predators combined, including man over the past 20 years. A clear burn would create new grow at high elevations that goats feed on through the winter. The control of forest fires has greatly reduced the number of these high elevation winter feeding grounds.
I have no problem with the sport of hunting as long as it's done legally and the meat is put to use. It helps control animal populations and generates revenue needed to combat poaching and monitor population.