Much to the consternation of the Skopelos Hunting Association and its counterpart in Alonissos, the traditional wild goat hunt on the island of Gioura (Jura, Γιούρα) has been called off for the second consecutive year. For years the hunt has taken place in early Autumn to cull the wild goats of the island which, because of their naturally expanding population, risk starvation from lack of vegetation.
In past years the hunters have paid a special licensing fee to participate in the event and while on the island repair damaged parts of the abandoned monastery Evangelistria. The hunters butcher their fresh kill and load the meat onto their boats before returning from the island.
The Forestry Department of Skopelos has cancelled the program citing the lack of funds needed to oversee the event.