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Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted September 2001)
 
The animal rights coalition that brought the suit to stop all import of argali trophies into the US has already amended the suit twice. The first amendment clarified and emphasized their claim that the clause in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that prohibits the domestic hunting of animals listed as “threatened” should also apply to import of foreign species. Simply put, they are claiming that the US Fish and Widlife Service should not be authorizing the import of trophies of argalis that are listed as “threatened” any more than it can permit the taking of grizzly bear or wolf within this country that are listed as “threatened.” More precisely, they claim that import of trophies should only be allowed in the “extraordinary case where population pressures (of that animal species) within a given ecosystem cannot otherwise be relieved.”

In plain language it would mean you can’t import any species listed as threatened unless the trophy is documented to be from a population that is above biological carrying capacity and can’t be reduced by birth control or any other alternative. This language is taken from the ESA itself and is commonly called the “Extraordinary Case Exception.” It never has been applied to foreign species. The Fund for Animals long ago convinced the federal courts that the clause all but prohibits the hunting of animals listed as “threatened” within the US. If they succeed with this point, which they have emphasized in their amended suit, the import of all “threatened” animals such as leopard, crocodile and elephant would no longer be legal.

The second amending petition deleted the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a plaintiff. The HSUS dropped out of the suit to prevent the Judge from recusing herself from the case because she had donated to them at least once in the past. The Judge called a conference to disclose that she had donated to HSUS and would recuse herself if the defendants or interveners filed a motion on that basis. We immediately filed a motion to Recuse the Judge, but HSUS hastily withdrew from the case in anticipation of our filing. That worked for them, as the Judge then did not recuse herself as she said she would if we filled a motion to have her recuse herself.

The facts that unfolded are that the Judge had made at least two personal donations to HSUS over a 10-year period, which means she probably received HSUS’s War on Wildlife literature that attacks sport­hunting, as that material is customarily sent to all members/donors. The group’s other literature is innocuous pet-related material that solicits donations. That is what the Judge said she received. Regardless, the coalition of antis want this Judge enough for HSUS to withdraw from the case. The Fund for Animals and Earth Island Institute have appeared to be the lead plaintiffs from the inception of this suit and continue to be.

The litigious Fund for Animals has a vehement agenda to stop the hunting of all threatened species. The Earth Island Institute helped lead the charge to list argali on the ESA a decade ago.

Yours truly is representing a coalition of the world’s leading sheep conservation interests, including Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, OVIS-Grand Slam Club, Mongolia’s Ministry, Conservation Force and others through intervention. We have since been authorized to file an intervention on behalf of the Ministry of Tajikistan, Kyrgistan and others, but we are waiting for the Court’s action on the pending interventions we have already filed before proceeding. The new interveners can take a different tack should the present interventions be denied entry into the case. The Wildlife Legislative Fund of America and Safari Club International have also filed a motion to intervene. Their intervention has not been granted by the Judge as of this time.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has filed a multi-part motion to dismiss most of the suit. Memorandums are going back and forth on that motion as I write this. A point deserving of a side note has become obvious from the legal memorandum of the coalition of antis. It is important that hunters provide the service written accounts of the argali they see when on their hunts, evidence of conservation efforts they witness in the field and other observations from their hunt. Their permit requires this within 30 days of the importation of their trophy! Those who have not filed the proper report may lose their trophies. To quote the plaintiffs, they “challenge each of the specific permits for argali imports which are currently pending, and seek relief as to those, and future permits for the importation of argali.” They claim that past permits for trophies that have already been imported remain open and “pending” until the hunter properly files the written report of observations that the import permit requires him to file. Be forewarned, it is a condition of the permit.


DATELINE: VIETNAM
News... News... News
Latest On That CITES Committee Meeting

The Animals Committee of CITES held its 17th meeting (AC 17) in early August in Hanoi, Vietnam. There is to be one more Animals Committee meeting (AC 18) in April 2002 in final preparation for the 12th Conference of the Parties. The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) is set for November 4 through 15, 2002 in Santiago, Chile.

I attended the Animals Committee meeting in August as I have for a decade. Conservation Force is a registered Non-governmental CITES Observer, and I am personally a Qualified Animals Committee Observer. Recently, attendance has become more restrictive. In short, we have had to jump through hoops to attend as others have. The Antis are forever present as “Qualified Observers” as well. They are outspoken at the meetings though their real agenda is generally kept concealed. They are always trying to make inroads against the use and trade of wildlife, though under the guise of precaution to avoid risks of excess exploitation and greater enforcement of the regulatory terms of CITES. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society of International (HSI), Canadian Humane Society (CHS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Environmental Investigative Agency (EIA), International Wildlife Coalition (IWC), Born Free Foundation, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and the network they formed of all of them, the Species Survival Network (SSN), regularly attend as Qualified Observers. They backed into their shells at this meeting for several reasons.

The Chairman of the Animals committee, Dr. Marinas Hoogmoed of the Netherlands, is screening out most policy and non-scientific matters. It is suppose to be a “scientific” meeting. Even more significant is the resignation of Dr. Susan S. Lieberman from her position as Chief of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) Division of Scientific Authority. She left the Service in July to join World Wildlife Fund in the United Kingdom. The antis had become really brazen as Lieberman’s role on the CITES Animals Committee grew.

Lieberman had been an employee of HSUS in charge of CITES matters before she joined the staff of USF&WS. Conspicuously, no new hunting-type permits were authorized by the USF&WS Division of Scientific Authority while Lieberman was director, though we had many pending. Her replacement has not yet been selected by the USF&WS.

The Animals Committee actively reviews the trade of species listed on Appendix II to determine for itself whether the trade is detrimental to the species. The Committee members then make recommendations to the Standing Committee of CITES based upon the review. This past June, the Standing Committee at its 45th meeting recommended to the 154 Parties of CITES that hippopotamus imports not be allowed from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Rwanda or Tanzania unless certain conditions are met. As I write this, it is not clear if Tanzania has timely met the information conditions set for it. Hippo trade has been under review because of concern that its teeth may become an African elephant ivory substitute. If you have trouble importing your hippo trophies from Tanzania you will understand why, although as of this writing, the suspension has not been implemented to our knowledge.

The Standing Committee has also suspended all trade in Saiga antelope in the Russian Federation and Kazakstan. This too arose from the Animals Committee review process. At the next Animals Committee Meeting and the next Conference of the Parties, this whole review process, called the Significant Trade Review Process of Appendix II Species, will itself be under review. It is an important item that demands our attention.

The Animal Committee is also reviewing species that are listed to see if they qualify to be listed under the relatively new listing criteria adopted at COP 9 at Fort Lauderdale. At this meeting, the AC working Group decided by a clear majority that the peregrine falcon does not qualify to be listed throughout most of its range. It is now up to one or more Parties to CITES to propose its delisting at the next Conference of the Parties (COP12). You may recall that the USF&WS removed the peregrine falcon from the US Endangered Species List in August of 1999 and is monitoring the species, as required, for a five-year period following its downlisting.

Conservation Force wishes to thank Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club, the International Foundation for the Conservation of Wildlife (Prince Abdorreza’s Foundation) and the Council for International Game Conservation and Management (CIC). These organizations shared the out-of-pocket expenses of Conservation Forces’s attendance at AC17. They are four of the 60 organizations that support Conservation Force for the public good.


Briefly Noted
Latest On Polar Bear Imports;
License Revenue Figures Released; More....

Baffin Bay Polar Bear: The USF& WS long ago “deferred” approval of the import of polar bear trophies from the Baffin Bay region until there is a co-management agreement between Greenland and Nunavut, Canada. In late June, progress was made towards the establishment of that necessary co-management agreement. The Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission held its 13th meeting from June 23 through 28, 2001 in Nuuk, Greenland. The PBSG meets every three-to-five years. This meeting could not have been more timely or in a better location. Representatives of the Greenland Home Rule Government and Nunavut (Canada) both attended.

At the meeting, Greenland announced new progressive and positive management improvements, including more credible polar bear population monitoring and establishment of formal hunting quotas. Both of these steps had to be taken to break the impasse that had developed around the signing of a co-management agreement between Greenland and Nunavut. Importantly, at the meeting Greenland also recognized the importance of co-management agreements themselves. The meeting led to the Specialist Group passing a formal resolution supporting the initiative to establish co-management of the shared populations of polar bears between Greenland and Canada in the Kane Basin, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. The resolution includes a recommendation that Quebec/Makivik also institute a polar bear quota system that effectively regulates the take of polar bears, terms needed in any co-management agreement there. Conservation Force continues to work in Greenland for a co-management agreement to establish the import of hunting trophies from those shared polar bear populations. Incidentally, according to the PBSG, the current minimum population estimate for polar bears in the circumpolar Arctic is 22,000.

Polar Bear Import Permit Denied: Conservation Force continues to follow all polar bear developments, including the issuance or denial of every import permit. The USF&WS recently denied a permit to import a sport taken polar bear purchased in a succession sale. We did a Freedom of Information Request to understand why the Federal Register denied a permit to import a polar bear trophy taken in an area approved for import. It turns out that the hunter who took the bear died before importing his trophy. The permit applicant, a friend of the deceased hunter, purchased the polar bear from the estate to import it for his own private use. The Service denied the permit on the basis that the permit applicant had not “personally” taken the bear on a sport hunt and was not himself an “heir” of the hunter who had taken it. Only heirs of the personal hunter or the personal hunter himself can import a polar bear under the applicable regulatory provisions.

Sportsmen Provide $1.15 Billion in License Revenue: The USF&WS tracks the number of fishing and hunting licenses issued each year and what they cost. It needs the count to prorate grant funds between the states. The 2000 figures have just been completed. In 2000, there were 29.6 million fishing licenses sold to anglers, down from 29.7 million in 1999. Anglers paid $490.8 million for those licenses, which is $8.6 million more than in 1999.

The number of hunting license sales were 15 million, down from 15.1 million purchasers in 1999. The revenue from the licenses (including tags, stamps and permits) was $613.9 million, up $33.7 million from 1998. Though both fishing and hunting license numbers were down a fraction of a fraction, the decreases are of no statistical significance. Both sports are considered stable.

The combined license revenue from hunting and fishing for the operating budgets of State Natural Resource Departments was $1.105 billion. It is noteworthy that hunters contribute more than anglers, $613.9 compared to $490.8, even though anglers outnumber hunters two to one. That means hunters contribute more than twice as much per capita towards conservation.

License sales numbers are not a true count of the total number of sportsmen. The count does not include those under 16, or the growing number of sportsmen 65 years of age and older. It also does not include those hunters who still hunt, but who simply did not purchase a license that particular year. A more complete picture is expected in October when the National Survey that is produced every five years is released by the USF&WS.

The total sum expended on licenses by sportsmen does not include the grant revenue State Departments of Natural Resources receive from the manufacture of  firearms, ammunition, archery gear and fishing tackle. When combined with license revenue and averaged across America, it is makes up 85 percent of the budgets of natural resource departments. Today, sportsmen contribute far more toward America’s conservation budget than all others in society combined, and that contribution continues to increase.

UN Conference on Illicit Trade In Small Arms: The sportsmen of the world survived the recent UN conference on small arms but it was only the first step in what promises to be a long battle. Though the confe­rence’s stated purpose was to eliminate illicit trade in all firearms, most of the conference’s participants showed little concern if lawful trade and ownership by sportsmen were compromised by the Action Plan. The interests of hunters who travel were particularly vulnerable to a blanket plan of action barring or restricting transportation of all firearms from country to country. One country demonstrated concern for our interest. The Bush administration saved us and was criticized for it around the world. But for the Bush administration, a storm of hurricane proportions would be upon us. As the Chairman of SCI’s Firearms Subcommittee and President of CIC’s Pro-chasse Task Force, I tried to scramble hunting organizations around the world to contact their UN delegate at the Conference to little avail. It was too much to do, too late. President Bush had to stand alone and did. Together with The Hunting Report, which has long served the hunting community on firearm transportation issues, and the NRA, SCI, CIC, Conservation Force and others are forming a coalition to better protect your interest next time around. - John J. Jackson, III.


For more information on Conservation Force and/or the services available through Jackson’s alliance with The Hunting Report, write:

Conservation Force
One Lakeway Center
Suite 1045
Metairie, LA 70002.
Tel. 504-837-1233. Fax 504-837-1145.
E-mail: cf@conservationforce.org
Web: www.ConservationForce.org



Conservation Force 2014
2014
January Firestorm Email Attacks by Media and Antis
January CIC Milan 61st General Assembly/Crime Summit
January USFWS Re-Notices Proposed ESA Downlisting of Markhor
January Markhor Import Permit Appeal
January Hunter Proud Foundation & Osprey Filming Company
January Intervention in Latest Three Amigos Suit
February Antis’ Antics Have Perverse Negative Effect on Rhino Conservation
March Speech Upon Receiving the Houston Safari Club International Hunter of the Year Award
March Hunting: A Great Debate
April Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
April Conservation Force Solves Liberia Trophy Import Problems
April Elephant Hair and Skin Bracelets Importable
April Conservation Force First Quarter 2014 Report


Conservation Force 2013
2013
January US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding on ESA Listing for African Lion
February Why Hunt Wild Cats: Arguments Previously Made By USFWS and African Nations
March World Conservation Force Bulletin Enters Its 18th Year
March Mozambique and Cameroon Hippo Trade Suspended by CITES
March Final Findings of National Survey Reports A Record Number of Big Game Hunters
March 2012 Zambia Elephant Trophy Imports Approved
March On Receiving The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
April A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community
April What Was Truly at Stake with the Polar Bear Proposal
May USFWS Grants First Black Rhino Import Permit
May Evaluating Namibia’s Rhino Program
May Rhino Populations Grow Despite Poaching
June CIC General Assembly Adopts Recommendations for African Lion and White Rhino
June Double Quotas Not Yet Resolved in USA
June Equal Allocation of New Mexico Nonresident Licenses for Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oryx and Ibex Challenged Again
June Wood Bison Cases Still in Court
June Black Rhino Public Education
July USFWS Denies Petitions to Remove Private, Captive Populations of Species from ESA: Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle and Addax Denied
July Polar Bear Litigation Developments
July Finally, All Gray Wolves Proposed for Removal from ESA
July Status of the Petition to List the Lion as Endangered: African Lion Workshop
August Court Turns Deaf Ear to Polar Bear Enhancement Permit Applicants for Gulf of Boothia
August Newly Published Monograph on Hunting & Conservation
August Family Hunts Under One License are Illegal
August Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV
September Downlisting of Straight-Horned Markhor Delayed; USFWS to Issue Revised Proposed Rule to Reclassify Species Under ESA
September New Trophy Seizure Issues Arise
September New Mexico Nonresident Terk Case Revving Up
September Polar Bear Listing Now Before US Supreme Court
October US Fish & Wildlife Lists White Rhino as Threatened
October Two Articles on Black Rhino Trophy Imports
October Defense of Terk Decision Needs Support
October Two Colorado State Senators Recalled for Passage of Firearms Restrictions
October Cheetah Numbers Increasing
November US Supreme Court Denies Polar Bear Writ
November Court Should Hold Feds Accountable for Questionable ESA Listing
November Succession and Development: “What will We Do When You are Gone?
November Black Rhino Auction: A Dream Come True
December Unintended Consequences May Arise from Presidential Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
December The Crush: Whose Ivory was Destroyed and Will It Truly Curtail Poaching?
December Climate Change Used to Reopen Wolverine Listing Proposal
December Conservation Force Wins FOIA Suit for Records Revealing Why USFWS Stalled Markhor Downlisting
December Suit Threatens Three Amigos Permitting Process; Conservation Force and Allied Organizations to Intervene


Conservation Force 2012
2012
January HSUS Threatens Conservation Force’s Asian Projects and Partners
January Markhor III Suit Filed to Compel 12-Month Downlisting Finding
January Serious Irregularities in Administrative Records and Scientific Findings
January Can You Offer for Sale or Sell an “Endangered” Listed Species Without a Permit?
February Conservation Force Partners with SAVE Valley Conservancy
February New Mexico Further Restricts Nonresident Hunting
February An Open Letter to Ranchers and Hunters of ESA Listed Exotics in The US
March Trophy Seizure Threat Reaches New High; USFWS Conduct Reaches New Low
March Some Court Success in Seizure Cases
March New Study Quantifies the Importance of Lion Hunting
March Onsite Report: The Etosha Meeting of African Lion Working Group
March Conservation Force Legal Action Update
April USF&WS Proposes New CITES Regulations
April Update on Three Amigos: Dama Gazelle, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx
April CF Board Members Selected To Important IUCN Posts
April Help Needed For Conservation Force Intern Program
May Wood Bison II Litigation Successfully Concluded: Court Overturns USFWS Enhancement Permit Denials
May Markhor III Suit Settled
June Dr. James Teer, Founding Member of Conservation Force, Dies
June Canadian Wood Bison Downlisted! Trophies Now Importable
July National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress in Canada
July Hunting for an Acceptable Image: Building Public Acceptance for Sustainable Use of Wildlife
July USFWS Considering Positions for CITES CoP16
July Antis Again Challenge “Trophy” Definition
August Promising Polar Bear Developments: Scientists Stand Corrected
August Last Brief in Markhor I Suit Filed
August Power Outages – Shortfalls
September Success! USFWS Proposes the Downlisting & Importation of Torghar Markhor Without an ESA Import Permit
October The National Survey Shows Increase in Hunters and Big Game Hunting
October South Africa’s Protected Area Act of 2003 Hurts Wildlife & Habitats
October CIC President Bernard Lozé: “Banning Lion Hunting Endangers The Survival of Lions in the Wild!”
October Update on Our Freedom of Information Act Suits
November CITES CoP16 Proposals Published: White Rhino, Polar Bear, Elephant, Pyrenean Chamois, Leopard Permits
November Remarks of Deborah Lyons, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Inuit Delegation - Polar Bear Reception at Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012
November 3 Amigos: USFWS Makes 90-Day Finding to Review Downlisting Those Species in USA
November PH Stu Taylor Recovery Fund Established
December Worked Elephant Ivory Tusks Not Importable: US Court Holds Import Violated Four Laws and Orders Forfeiture of Zimbabwe Elephant Tusk
December Waning Status of Hunting-Based Conservation in Botswana: Latest Developments
December Bill Poole Enshrined Into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame


Conservation Force 2011
2011
January Court Rules No Fees Due in Permit Cases
January Delays & Revelations In Wood Bison Suit
February A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What
February Billy Ray Parnell Purple Heart Program
March Wood Bison Initiative Enters Final Stage
March Lead Issue Taken to Court
March Both Markhor Cases Moving Forward
March Zambia Initiative Success
April Africa: Antis Petition Listing Of African Lion on ESA
April Success in Iran
April Scientists Recant Tipping Point Theory That Doomed the Polar Bear
April Plains Bison Listing Petition Denials
April The Osprey Filming Company
May Special Coverage On Polar Bear: Sustainable Use On Trial
June Special Coverage On Elephant Imports: Challenging The USFWS Definition of “Trophy”
July USFWS Makes Positive Markhor Finding
July New Eruption Atop Mountain of Seizures
July USFWS Enforces Validation Requirement On CITES Permits
July Pakistan Export Permits Don’t Have a Validation Section
August US District Court Denies All Challenges to Listing the Polar Bear as “Threatened”
August Permit Exclusions Eliminated for “The Three Amigos”
September Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee
September Abusive Use of Polar Bear Drowning Misinformation
September Cheetah Import Permits Denied Again
October Special Coverage: Getting To The Root Of The Trophy Seizure Crisis – The History and Genesis Of The Problem
November District Court Denies Relief In Zambia
and Mozambique Elephant Import Suits
December Success! Zambia Elephant Import Permits Issued By USFWS
December Update on Seizure and Forfeiture Crisis


Conservation Force 2010
2010
January Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis
February Federal Court Rules Hunters’ Interests In Trophies Not Legally Protected
March CF Creates Permanent Litigation Division
March Special Report: Conservation Force Chairman Receives International Statesman Award
March Briefly Noted
April Conservation Force Institutes Industry-Commercial Services Sponsorships
April Briefly Noted
April Dr. Dale Toweill Joins Conservation Force Board of Advisors
May Special Report: Focus On CITES CoP15
June 57th CIC General Assembly: Expanding Scope, Participation & Influence
June Briefly Noted
July The Supreme Court Invalidates Overly Broad Cruelty Law In Light of the Acceptability of Hunting
August Status of Wood Bison Suits Against USFWS
September The Important Historical Role of Hunters To Both Public and Private Land Conservation
September Pakistan: New Markhor Down-listing Petition Filed
October CBD Pushes To Ban All Lead Ammo & Fish Gear
November Important New Development in Trophy Seizure Crisis
November Anticlimactic Polar Bear Court Hearing
December A Tool For Lion Hunters: The Pocket Guide To Aging Lions
December Polar Bear Listing Cases Status
December St. Petersburg Hosts 58th CIC General Assembly


Conservation Force 2009
2009
January 2008 In Review Bio-political Developments
February Crisis Over Trophies In Transit Resolved
February Two Important Legal Actions
March Lion Campaign Kicks Off In The Nick of Time
March Polar Bear Update: Law Suit Sets New Precedent On Listings
March Briefly Noted
April "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of Lions and Other Large Carnivores in Sub-Saharan Africa" February 17th-18th Maroua, Cameroon
May Trophy Seizures & Forfeiture Crisis: Problems and Resolutions
May Briefly Noted
June Cheetah & Black-faced Impala Permits Denied
June Briefly Noted
July National Action Plans Save Lion Initiative
July Briefly Noted
August Tanzania To Enforce Age Limits On Trophy Lions
August Three Antelope Case A Win For Conservation
August Briefly Noted
September The Unrealized Potential of Conservation Hunting
September North America: Latest Developments On Polar Bear
October Mozambique: Niassa Elephant Trophy
November Africa: Suit Filed Over Zambia Elephant Import Permits
November Arctic: USF&WS Proposes CITES Uplist Polar Bear
November Polar Bear Lawsuits Challenging the Listing Decision
December Special Report: African Lion Spared the CITES Axe, For Now
December Bill Poole: “A Lion of a Man”
December Special Report: CITES Proposals for CoP15, March 2010


Conservation Force 2008
2008
January CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
January Polar Bear Developments
February Conservation News Developments
March Breaking News On Argali Draws
April Polar Bear Decision: Some Thoughts About That Continuing Delay
April CAMEROON: All About The New CAMNARES Program
May Conversation Force to Intervene
May Briefly Noted
June Polar Bear Listing: Assessing The Impact And Mapping A Way Forward
June CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
August Update On Kashmir Markhor
August Polar Bear Imports: Immediate Ban Upheld
August A Word About The Bob Kern Trial
September Study Analyzes Work Of NGO’s In African Wildlife Conservation
September Tanzania: Elephant Permit Crisis Averted
September Briefly Noted
October New Efforts To Reverse The Polar Bear Listing
October USF&WS Seizing Some Utilitarian Trophy Items
November Nation-by-Nation Plans To Save African Lion
November Hunting For Truth: Why Rationalizing The Ritual Must Fail
November Briefly Noted
November USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
November Leadership, People and Science
December USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
December Briefly Noted


Conservation Force 2007
2007
January Largest Hunting Development in the World
January Philippe Chardonnet Elected to Conservation Force Board
January PHASA AGM: An On-Site Report
February Polar Bear and Trophy Imports Both In Jeopardy
March A Second Threat to Polar Bear Import
March Guide To Aging Lions Is Now Available
March Briefly Noted
April Understanding The Issues And Proposals
April Our Polar Bear Comment: A Report
June Namibia: Help Is Available On Seized Leopards
June Belgrade: All About The Latest CIC General Assembly
June Special Report: New Conservation DVD Is Getting Attention
June CITES Meeting: The Latest Developments
June What Do You Say To A Liberal Intellectual Who Has Never Hunted?
July What Really Happened at CITES COP14 In The Hague
August Markhor Import Denial Raises Big Questions
September White House Orders National Hunting Conference
October Reflections On 10 Years Of Conservation Force
October Bear Listing Proposal: USGS Releases Reports
November Petitions to Free Siezed Trophies Successful
November Polar Bear Crisis Heats Up
November Briefly Noted
December Important Development in Markhor Conservation
December A Commentary On The National Geographic Article About “Hunters: For Love of the Land”


Conservation Force 2006
2006
January Highlights of 2005
February Protectionist File Suit To List All Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act
March ESA Listing Pending Polar Bear Crisis Is Growing
April The Real Significance If Polar Bear Are Listed
May One Important Nonresident Rights Case Continues
June Comment On “Draft Norms & Standards for the Regulations of the Hunting Industry in South Africa
July Symposium May Affect The Future Of Hunting; Progress Reported On Black Faced Impala
August Assessing The Impact Of Interior Dept. Turnover
September Mozambique Elephant Trophy Import Permit Applications Denied
October BC Bear Report And “Stricter Domestic Measures:” An Analysis Of The Connections
November UK Meetings Focus On Hunting/Conservation
December Wildlife ‘Compact’ Has Downsides / Gala Tanzania Banquet / Last Nonresident Suit


Conservation Force 2005
2005
January The End of Nonresident Hunting Rights
February African Elephant Downlisted to Vulnerable
March Southwest Alaska Profile In Conservation
April The Truth About That Polar Bear Petition
May The Legally Structured Role of Hunting and Fishing in the US and Abroad
June Nonresidents Stripped of Constitutional Rights in Congress
July Black Rhino Hunting Development
August Elephant Hunting Is Fully Open In Zambia / Getting A Handle On “Sustainable Use”
September Russia: The “Real Skinny On That Hunting Closure
October Hurricane Katrina Threatens Conservation Force
October USFW&S Denies Permits For Black-Faced Impala
November First African Lion Workshops Are Successful; IUCN Polar Bear Listing Upgraded
December US Lists New Foreign Species As Endangered


Conservation Force 2004
2004
January Permits To Import Certain Endangered Species Understanding That Draft Trophy Import Policy Change
February Musings of an Old Hunter
March Giant Saltwater Crocodile Hunting May Open
April Who Said What: A Compendium Of Comments
May African Lion Targeted At CITES Meeting
June The Truth About Senator John Kerry
June Two Hunters’ Legacies
July Argali Suit Finally Finished: Positive Gains
July Case Study of a Man-Eating Lion Killing 35 People
September Cats/Canids Bill Introduced; NRA To Push Hunting; Important CITES COP 13 Developments
October Will Lion Hunting Survive? And More....
November What Really Happened At COP13
December More To Come On African Lion


Conservation Force 2003
2003
January On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
February Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey
March A Reflection on Positive Developments
April DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC, News Analysis, The Argali Case: Court, Hears Mongolia's Appeal
May Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers
June What You Need To Know About Trophy Imports
July Insights From Wildlife Conflict Studies, A Different Perspective For Problem Solving
August How Many Hunters Are There, Really?
September The Antis’ Argali Suit Has Been Dismissed
October Update On The Argali Case
November The Political Future
December Antis Tell Court They Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo


Conservation Force 2002
2002
January The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”
February DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - Cameroon Elephant Permits Denied
March SPECIAL REPORT - New USF & WS Director
April The Saga of the Saiga
May The Role And Value Of Hunting
June On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
July Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I
August Special Report: A Preview Of COP 12
September Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now
October Understanding Trophy Hunting: A Powerful Conservation Tool
November London March to Save Hunting Breaks All Records
December Santiago, Chile - What Really Happened At CITES COP 12


Conservation Force 2001
2001
March Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy
April Special Report On Hunting Why We Do It; Its Conservation Benefits
May Antis Sue To Stop All Argali Trophy Imports
June The Very Latest On That Argali Suit
July Why We Hunt: - Two Important Perspectives
August The Animal Rights 2001 Conference - Terrorism And A Radical Agenda At A Hilton Hotel
September Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit
October DATELINE: WASHINGTON Mongolia, Others Denied Role In Argali Lawsuit
November DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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