Playboy, if one specimen were to be taken to prove the existance of the species, I seriously doubt that hunting them would become a sport for trophy hunters. They would probably be given intense protection under game laws of many colors to preserve the rarest of critters. You would kind of be doing them a favor.
Just like how gorillas and elephants are given strict protection? We have seen how much good that has done. And that is when they are in tight, easily patrolled areas. Imagine trying to protect a widespread population in areas as remote as the northwest.