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DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted November 2001)
 
The Animal Protection and Health Investigation Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an "emergency" rule prohibiting the import of any part of any animal from Europe. The August Notice in the Federal Register, 66 FR 42595, made no exception for hunting trophies. The "emergency rule" could even be interpreted to prohibit the import of birds and fish. Within weeks, reports were filtering into the National Taxidermy Association (NTA) that hunters' trophies were being seized for destruction and/or denied entry into the US, in which case the hunters had to bear the costs of shipping them back to Europe. The NTA immediately contacted Conservation Force because it is one of the 64 organizations that help support us.

We urgently began monitoring all the comments being filed, queried APHIS at every level, advised the membership of NTA through its web site, organized a comment campaign, consulted numerous disease authorities across the globe, made a comprehensive literature research on the disease at issue (Mad Cow Disease, or to be more precise: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy/BSE) and all related diseases, reviewed all relevant laws and regulations, explored the possibility of filing injunctive litigation, obtained expert opinion letters about BSE and filed a formal comment with the APHIS on behalf of NTA, Dallas Safari Club, Dallas Ecological Foundation, Houston Safari Club, African Safari Club of Florida and the Louisiana Chapter of SCI. We supported the comment with expert letters from International Game Foundation and Conseil International du Chasse that are based in Europe. We also shared our information as it developed with others like Mike Simpson, who was greatly concerned and working hard to resolve the issue.

As I write this, the problem appears to be over. APHIS has issued an "urgent" directive stating that skulls and horns of game animals taken by hunters are not covered by the emergency rule prohibiting imports of animal parts. BSE is a bovine (beef/cattle) disease that is not know to exist in game animals, much less known to be passed horizontally from cows to game.

If you have a problem with a trophy import, the letter directive is readily available. We forwarded copies of that directive letter to National Taxidermy Association headquarters, to Safari Club International, to the Hunting Report and to all Conservation Force supporting organizations the hour it was issued. In due course, we expect APHIS to issue a Final Rule with an express clarification that trophies of game animals are not included. We have formally asked that such an exemption be expedited, but the process may take a year or more.

"Mad Cow Disease" (BSE) is a fatal disease that kills the bovine through its brain and nerve system. It does not exist in North America. It is different than various diseases reported in game animals in the US and Canada, though the media sometimes confuse them. It is a cattle disease that is believed to be spread through feed or meal fed to cattle when the feed contains parts of other cattle that had the disease. There was a longstanding practice to turn waste parts of cattle into feed mixture that has been discontinued.

Copies of the joint comment filed by Conservation Force, as well as all others are available from us. Ask for it by fax at: 504-837-1145. Or e-mail your request to Conservation Force headquarters at: jjw-no@att.net. The joint comment filed by Conservation Force can also be found on our web site at www.conservationforce.org. Click on: News and Alerts.

On October 16, 2001, APHIS added Japan to the list of countries from which animal parts are prohibited entry, 66 FR 52483. That notice is worded more favorably to hunters. That Notice allows 60 days for comments, but like the earlier notice for European countries, it is effective immediately as an "emergency." The Japan import closure arises from confirmation that a single dairy farm cow that was slaughtered on August 6 at an abattoir had BSE after analysis of a sample of its brain. The Japanese authorities reported that they are inspecting all cattle farms in Japan and all feed mills to collect information on the use of meat-and-bone meal as feed, the assumed transfer vector. Again, it is a disease in cattle, not game. We will continue to monitor the Federal Register for additional notices. That is just one of our daily services to the hunting community.


SPECIAL REPORT
News Analysis
Antis File Suit To Stop Swan Hunting

In early October, anti-hunters filed suit to enjoin the US Fish and Wildlife Service's (USF&WS) swan hunting management strategy in Utah, Montana and Nevada. The suit was filed by the Fund for Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the Biodiversity Legal Foundation, the Utah Environmental Congress and others. The alleged heart of the complaint is the quota of 25 trumpeter swans that the USF&WS recently authorized to be incidentally taken by waterfowl hunters during the tundra swan season. The antis real objective has been to prohibit all swan hunting to protect trumpeter swans that may be accidentally killed during the hunt. An experimental swan hunt that began in 1995 has demonstrated that very few trumpeters are mistakenly shot by hunters. The trumpeters are among the largest waterfowl in the world with wingspans of seven to eight feet. They have not been commonly mistaken for tundra swans.

The suit is another example of the persistence of anti-hunters. In the past, they filed two petitions to list the trumpeter swan under the Endangered Species Act. As in the Argali case, the antis have attempted to force its listing as endangered. They also filed suit last year challenging the USF&WS's hunting-related Environmental Assessment (EA) of  swan hunting. In settlement, the Service re-did that EA. The antis are now challenging that new EA.

Conservation Force has supported the USF&WS's management strategy, commented in the EA process and led a campaign to keep swan hunting open despite nominal take of trumpeter swans during the hunt. The antis claim that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act "does not in any way direct the Service to 'optimize' hunting .... ." We have this suit under review and may intervene if there is sufficient support for an intervention. The Washington, DC law firm of Meyer and Glitzenstein that filed this suit also filed the recent Argali suit. A copy of the suit is available from Conservation Force by calling 504-837-1233.


DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC
News... News... News
Wildlife Partners Invited to White House

Someone from Conservation Force goes to Washington, DC in your behalf at least every month. Since June, Dr. James Teer, James Beers or I have been to Washington, DC more than 8 times (that eight times in five months). My trip to Washington in early October was especially promising. Through Ducks Unlimited, one of the 38 Wildlife Conservation Partners (WCP), the members of WCP were invited to a White House-level meeting in furtherance of the WCP mission. The 90-minute meeting between the leading national sportsmen's conservation organizations in America and the top-echelon White House staff, advisors and Cabinet-level officials covered an array of topics of common interest to sportsmen conservationist of America.

James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). readily credited the WCP partners (America's sportsmen and sportswomen) with being our nation's conservation stakeholders and stewards to which the Administration should and will look for policy guidance. He solicited us to furnish him our views on major issues and help the administration forge new wildlife conservation "innovations" that assure stewardship, self-compliance and interactive consensus including involvement of local stakeholders. We were thanked for the WCP booklet, "Wildlife for the 21st Century, Recommendations to President George W. Bush," that contains 11 wildlife conservation recommendations to the president. We went over many of those recommendations.

The White House officials made it clear that they want our input. "Don't be shy with your ideas," said David Anderson, the Associate Director of Legislative and External Affairs of the White House CEQ.

The Executive Office of the President has since written Conservative Force, stating: "As we discussed, this Administration will seek to integrate conservation and stewardship into programs across the government, so that the dialogue no longer is about, for example, farmers versus the environment but instead is about how rural communities, farm families, and ecosystems can thrive together. The Administration's approach will be to encourage and recognize stewardship, seek innovative approaches and new technologies, utilize incentive-based programs, work in partnership with state, local and private groups, rely on strong science for policymaking and insist on compliance with our laws.

"We also have the opportunity, at this time in our country's history, to do a better job of telling the stories of our environmental and natural resource successes, of informing the American people about where we have more work to do, and of developing the innovative, effective tools to achieve our stewardship goals. In partnership with you and your members, I am confident that we can deliver meaningful gains in these areas. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me and other members of the White House team. I look forward to working with you on these and other important issues."


Briefly Noted
New Development In Argali Suit... Polar Bear Area Closed... More

Affronted Mongolia Appeals: We have filed an appeal on behalf of Mongolia in the Argali lawsuit. The trial judge denied Mongolia's motion to intervene in the suit without giving any oral or written reasons when the anti-hunters that brought the suit opposed the intervention of Mongolia. It had to be appealed. It is unfair that an organization in Mongolia and anti-hunting organizations and interest in the US are being permitted to threaten Mongolia's Argali conservation base, when Mongolia itself is kept from participating!  Though it is a great deal more pro bono work for Conservation Force, the principles involved under the US Endangered Species Act are just too important to ignore. Moreover, we don't want Mongolia and other countries to "wash their hands" of the United States as a result of such offensive disregard of sovereign interest. If there is a valid reason for Mongolia's exclusion, it must be spelled out. If Mongolia does not have sufficient interest to be in the suit to protect its interest, then neither do those who brought the suit whose interest is, at best, remote in comparison to Mongolia's.

We still have not received a fraction of the financial support we need to see this case through. We have filed four motions to date, and we should file and see through at least four  more. For that, we need your support. No one is doing more. It is now or never. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to Conservation Force at One Lakeway Center, 3900 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 1045, Metairie, LA 70002.

Rule Withdraws Polar Bear Area For Possibly 25 Years: The USF&WS has issued a Final Rule withdrawing approval of the M'Clintock Channel Polar bear population for the import of sport-hunted trophies, 66 FR 50843. This was expected. The polar bear population in this area was overestimated. Therefore, the USF&WS has to stop issuing import permits until that population is "to a level where they can sustain some limited harvest" again, according to Marshal Jones, Acting USF&WS Director. Canada itself has imposed a hunting moratorium for 2001/2002. A recovery strategy is being established by Canada and the USF&WS promises to consider again approving the imports when the data again warrants it. Conservation Force made a thorough review of this closure when it was proposed and tracked it as it has evolved. We also filed a formal comment, which the USF&WS expressly acknowledges five times in its Final Rule.

Imports from the area had been allowed since 1997. The best new population estimate is 367 bears, although the studies are continuing. It was thought to be 700 and the USF&WS thinks its historical baseline was 900. New population data is expected in 2002 and will be furnished by Canada to the USF&WS as it becomes available. The import quota that was based on too high a population estimate is thought to have been a cause of further decline, even though it was less a decline than it would have been if nonresident hunters had not helped to shift the harvest to males and away from females. Even with no harvest, the population is expected to increase only four percent annually and take 25 years to double, indicating "that a long-term moratorium may be necessary," according to the Service. Copies of the Rule are available from Conservation Force by calling 504-837-1233. 

Elephant Relocation In World's Largest Park: The first 40 of 1,000 elephants to be moved from Kruger National Park in the Republic of South Africa to Mozambique were moved in early October. The Gaza-Kruger-Gonorezhou trans-frontier park is a Peace Park Foundation project that has developed into the creation of the largest wildlife park in the world. Kruger has 9,000 elephants and will still have that many after the 1,000 are fully transferred over a three-year period because of the elephant population growth rate. The more than 8,000 left will multiply. Ironically, animal rights groups are hailing the transfer as an alternative to other management strategies such as culling. In reality, the elephants will be a BIGGER problem once the park elephants fill the combined, greater-elephant-carrying capacity of the enlarged area.

Important Botswana Predator Workshop: An important workshop was held in Botswana in early October that should be a giant step towards reopening lion hunting in that country. The Ministry, stakeholders, leading lion biologists and regional experts all participated in the meeting. The Kalahari Conservation Society hosted the workshop which costs approximately $40,000(US). The largest share of the costs of the meeting was borne by Steven Chancellor through the Lions Forever Fund that has been created at Steven's suggestion and is administered by Conservation Force. Donations to the Lions Forever Fund through Conservation Force are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law as Conservation Force is a 501(c)3 public foundation. The Lions Forever Fund is bound to play a significant role in helping Botswana maintain its record of exemplary lion conservation and management. The Houston Safari Club, a supporting partner of Conservation Force, also contributed a significant sum towards the workshop costs, as did the Botswana Wildlife Management Association (BWMA) that represents Botswana's professional hunters and companies.

Thanks is due to Steven Chancellor, a truly committed African lion conservationist, Houston Safari Club and BWMA for bearing all of the costs of this important meeting. They are playing a large and important role in the long-term conservation of lions in Botswana, and they fully deserve credit for doing so. You can expect a lot more about the Lion Forever Fund in the future. - 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
May USFWS Implements Catastrophic Suspension of Elephant Imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe
May Letter to USFWS from Robin Hurt
June First Formal Action on Elephant Import Suspension Taken by Conservation Force
July Import Permits Issued for Sulaiman Markhor of Torghar Project
July Trophy Definition to Again Include Worked, Manufactured or Handicraft Items
July Comments Opposing Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Import Suspension
July USFWS Produces Letter of Inquiry to Tanzania on Elephant Populations
August Status of Elephant Import Suspensions for Zimbabwe and Tanzania
August The True Status of White Rhino Populations
August Win the Wild, A Fictionalized Account of How South Africa Reclaimed Its Wildlife Heritage
September Final Zim Finding: Most and Best Available Information Ignored
October Dateline: Africa: Facts About Elephant Enhancement in Tanzania
October Tanzania: Elephant Up, Poaching Down
October CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World Available in USA
October Memorial Donation
October What Listings the Protectionists Want at the Next CITES CoP
November Founding Conservation Force Board Member Donald Lindsay Passes
November Dateline Pakistan: USFWS Special Rule Downlists All Straight-Horned Markhor to Threatened
November The Role of Trophy Hunting in the Downlisting of Straight-horned Markhor
December Conservation Force & Partners Refute Negative USFWS Enhancement Finding on Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Imports
December USFWS Rejects Request for Reconsideration of Tanzania Permit Denials
December Revealed: USFWS “Information” that “Poaching Levels are Increasing” in Zimbabwe are Merely News Articles and Anecdotal Reports
December ESA 12-Month Finding and Proposal to List all Lion as Threatened


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
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