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Breaking News On Argali Draws

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted March 2008)
 

 The following was received from Mike Carpenter of the US Fish & Wildlife Service as this Conservation Force Bulletin went to press. It will govern how the limited argali import permits will be allocated between US hunters who apply for permits:

 “Each year, the Division of Management Authority (DMA), in consultation with the Division of Scientific Authority and other reviewing offices, makes a determination on the number of import permits that will be issued authorizing the importation of argali trophies from each of the three approved argali countries. Due to established criteria, it is not unusual that DMA issues fewer import permits than there are hunters booked to hunt in one of the three countries. To establish an equitable system for allocating the approved permits, we have established the following procedures:

 “The US Fish and Wildlife Service, through the Division of Management Authority, will accept applications for the import of argali trophy (Application Form 3-200-21) between May 1 and May 15. All applications received during this two-week period will be given an application number (a PRT number) and grouped by country and, in the case of Mongolia, population. By group, application numbers will be drawn at random to create a numbered list of all applications received in each group (i.e., one list for Tajikistan, one for Kyrgyzistan, one for Mongolian gobi argali and one for Mongolian altai argali).

 “Each year, we request and receive a list of approved hunters from the Governments of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzistan, and Mongolia. The “first-come, first-served” list from above will be cross-referenced to the lists of approved hunters. Starting with No. 1 on our list, we will go down our list, issuing permits to each hunter that appears on the approved hunter lists from the countries. Once we have reached the number of permits that we have determined could be issued for the year, we will hold all remaining applications until the end of the hunting seasons. Any cancellations and corrections will be chosen from the list by number.

 “If needed, we will continue to assign numbers to applications after the two weeks, as they are received, in the unlikely event that these individuals will obtain permits in number order.”

Conservation News

Monuments to Desert Sheep: Conservation Force is happy to report that it is the primary fiduciary for two more important game monuments being created by renowned wildlife sculptor Rick Taylor. The sculpture project is entitled “Sons of the Desert” and has been commissioned by Organizacion Vida Silvestre A.C. (Mexico). Its purpose is to raise public awareness about the role of sportsmen in the revitalization of wild desert sheep populations and to celebrate the sheep and hunting that hunters value so highly.

 There will be two monuments. One  at the Mexico City Museum and the other at the Hermosillo Airport. Both will have interpretive and donor recognition plaques in both Spanish and English. The initial individual donors include Hubert Thummler, Jesus Yurén, Sergio Jimenez, Bill & Ingrid Poole, Todd Fry, Peter E. Seda, Christopher A. Dianda, Robert Robertson, Brian E. Drettmann, Alden B. Glidden, Everett C. Madson, Theodore H. Schutte, Alan M. Shearer, David A. Slikkers, Brenton L. Scott and Philip Repepi.

 The project is being funded through tax deductible sponsorship contributions for limited-edition bronze maquettes at $3,900. Conservation Force receives a share of the proceeds for its sheep projects around the world.

 For more information, or to make a contribution, contact Rick Taylor at: 250-353-7735 (www.ricktaylor.com).

USF&WS Proposal to Institute and Raise Inspection Fees: The USF&WS has announced that it will soon propose a graduated rise in the fees charged for all wildlife-related inspections at time of import and export. For the first time, they also are to apply to trophy hunters. The proposal includes a new “premium fee” for inspection of specimens of “protected species”. “A separate $19 premium fee will be charged for imports or exports of species protected under Federal law. Such wildlife includes federally listed endangered or threatened species, migratory birds, marine mammals, injurious species and wildlife protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.” These premium fees will increase over the five years, rising from $19 in 2008 to $93 in 2012.

 The Federal Register notice was not yet published as of this writing, but is to be published on Monday, February 25, 2008, and can be found at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html. A public meeting is scheduled for April 3, 2008 in Room 200 of the USF&WS headquarters building at 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia from 1 to 4 PM, but the “oral comments must be provided in writing.” Written comments must be received by April 25, 2008.

 Conservation Force may not be able to issue another bulletin on this proposal before the April 25th comment deadline because the April issue will no doubt be devoted to the polar bear listing final rule. Rest assured, we will pass the information on to Don Causey for dissemination through his E-mail Extra Bulletin Service. Conservation Force will be filing a timely comment on behalf of itself and many of its 150 supporting organizations.

 It is a felony criminal offense to fail to declare the import of any trophy or trophy part at time of import. As proposed, a base inspection fee will have to be paid (if undesignated port) and a separate “premium fee” for each species in any way governed by federal versus state law or regulation. The USF&WS claims the imposition of the fees on non-commercial imports and exports will “treat importers and exporters more equitably,” but we want to ensure it does not constitute a prohibitive tax on conservation-based trade and developing countries’ conservation strategies. In many instances it would also be excessive if indeed a separate “premium fee” were added for each separate species and specimen that falls under any federal law or regulation, i.e., is “federally protected.”

Misuse of Rhino Horn: The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) and Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) have taken the initiative to prevent and control the taking and export of white rhino horn for un-permitted purposes. They have called upon the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism of South Africa (DEAT) to take measures to prevent hunters from exporting white rhino horn for commercial purposes under the guise of being sport hunters taking a trophy for personal use.

 This does not apply to typical tourist hunters such as Americans. US hunters are prohibited from making any commercial use of their trophies of hunted species. That is enforced under the Lacey Act.
 Although the RSA white rhino has been downlisted to Appendix II of CITES because of its recovery status and management, it is an “annotated” downlisting for limited kinds of trade. Trade for commercial purposes is still prohibited as if Appendix I.

 These alleged hunts call for strong action, not because there is any present risk to RSA rhino, but because of the potential implications for the favored treatment of hunting trophies of all CITES-listed game species. The issue was first raised during the last CITES Conference of the Parties. The hunting community is now aggressively taking steps to halt the rumored activity until proper CITES protocols are followed, such as downlisting without a limiting annotation or registered captive breeding that has been authorized by the Parties of CITES.

Democrats Dialogue with Hunting Community Leaders: The United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee invited most of the hunting world’s conservation leaders to an early morning meeting on February 13, 2008 in the Mansfield Room of the Capitol.

 The invitation was not transferable and was signed by Senator Debbie Stabenow who chaired the meeting; Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader; and Senator Blanche Lincoln, chair of Rural Outreach. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy are named committee members, but did not attend. More than a dozen other Democratic Senators made appearances and statements including Amy Klobuchar, Thomas Carper, Ken Salazar, Ben Nelson, Jon Tester, Russel Feingold, Daniel Akaka, Mark Pryor, Sheldon Whitehorse, Richard Durbin, Tom Harkins and Jim Webb. Considering the hour of the morning and the fact that all federal employees were given a two-hour delay to appear at work because of the weather conditions, it was an impressive outreach to the hunting community by the Democratic Senate, no doubt about it. The invitation read, “It is our pleasure to invite you to join fellow leaders and experts for a discussion with our Senate colleagues on conservation issues affecting hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and activities…. This meeting will provide an opportunity for us to exchange ideas about our common priorities for the 110th Congress as we work toward our shared goal of preserving our fish and wildlife habitats and outdoor heritage for current and future generations.”

 The invitees were basically American Wildlife Conservation Partner (AWCP) members with the notable exceptions of the National Wildlife Federation and the AFL-CIO labor union. The AFL-CIO representative was Richard Tunka who said that the union’s membership (according to survey) was concerned about loss of habitat and access, and supported the Farm Bill (as did everyone, including the Senators). Nearly everyone, Senators and invitees alike, spoke. Steve Williams of Wildlife Management Institute and AWCP said that “conservation is bi-partisan.” Dave Nomsen, the new chair of the AWCP, introduced the Century 21 booklet of the AWCP. Bob Model of Boone & Crockett led off and turned the heads of the Senators with the age and history of Boone & Crockett. Bob also introduced the President’s Executive Order and related plans. (There are three planning meetings and the final conference is expected to be next September. I cannot say enough about Bob and the Boone & Crockett Club. They spearheaded the formation of the AWCP and played a key role in inspiring the Executive Order.)

 Everyone supported the Farm Bill and some thought that CRP would be reduced from 38 million acres to 32 for unavoidable technical reasons. I was the only speaker to address international concerns and did so by first educating the Senators on the role of hunting and fishing in the United States. I certainly had their undivided attention and convincing looks of sympathy and concern. My presentation went something like this: The name Conservation Force stands for the fact that “sportsmen are the force”. 147 million living Americans have hunted or fished. Perhaps a minority, but significant. They pay more for conservation than all others combined. More for law enforcement, more for research, more for habitat, more for management, etc. It is in the billions of dollars each year in direct support of our conservation infrastructure. I repeat: more than everyone else in society combined. Our system is famous for using recreational hunting and fishing as the foremost “tool” for conservation. Conservation Force and its 150 allied partners have projects in more than 30 foreign nations. Our concern is with US laws and regulations that prevent and obstruct the use of hunting as “a tool” for conservation overseas. The foremost tool for conservation here at home can’t be used overseas. For example, one Congresswoman this last year instructed that hunting not be used as “a tool” for conservation overseas…. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work together for the common good.

 The chairman, Senator Debbie Stabenow, said that this was only the first meeting and she hoped to have more and to work together in the future. (She then searched our faces.) Obviously, the AWCP forum is serving the hunting community well, as intended.

Sheep-Force Argali Program: Conservation Force has had a long-term commitment to conserving argali and perpetuating argali hunting. In 2008 we are renewing and re-initiating those efforts with additional partners and resolve. Tentatively, this new program is to be called Sheep-Force. It will be operated as a program, not just a project of Conservation Force, for it will cover at least five different countries and multiple species of sheep and mountain species.

 One of the first steps was to file an up-to-date Freedom of Information Act request to the USF&WS’s International Division for a copy of their internal determinations underlying argali trophy imports over the past three years (2005, 2006 and 2007) from Mongolia, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyz, Kyrgyzia and Kyrgyzstan). We filed the FOIA request in November, but did not receive the data until mid-February. There are two separate determinations made by separate parts of the Division of Management Authority (DMA) for each of the three countries. An Enhancement Evaluation is made by Senior Biologist Mike Carpenter each year for each country. It analyzes all available data, confirms whether or not the respective country’s argali quota is supportable and, most importantly, determines whether or not the imports that are biologically supportable “will provide enhancement to the species and its habitat” in that respective country.

 A separate Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation Form is completed by the Division of Management Authority with the separate written concurrence of the Chief of the Branch of Permits of Division of Management Authority and the Chief of the Branch of Consultation & Monitoring of the Division of Scientific Authority. They make a finding of the likelihood that the hunting will adversely affect the species which includes a review of the quota and its reduction to reduce the risk of possible adverse effects. That is three different biologists in two different divisions.

 We originally requested the up-to-date determinations from the USF&WS to use at a meeting Conservation Force was invited to with the Mongolian authorities and WWF concerning the management of Mongolian argali. Readers may remember that Conservation Force successfully provided the legal representation of Mongolia in the suit the antis filed but lost to stop the importation of argali trophies several years ago. Because of that, we held the attention of the Mongolian officials at the meeting, but did not receive the FOIA return in time to use it there to give them a better understanding of the process and ability to deal with it. The materials have been forwarded on to WWF for Mongolia’s benefit since that meeting.

 One thing that can be gleaned from the 68 pages of documents is the formula that is used by the Service to decide the number of imports it will allow. The Service does not allow the import of more than 2% of the estimated population and reduces that by a number equal to twice the legal quota established by the foreign wildlife authorities. An example is Mongolia in the 2006/2007 season. The estimated total population was more than 13,000, so the sustainable take of 2% was 260 animals. Mongolia’s quota was 60, so the Service deducted 140 to 150 animals estimated to be poached from the 260, leaving a balance of 110, thus concluding that the quota of 60 was within conservative range. The Service accepted the full number of Gobi permits Mongolia intended, 45, but not the number of Altai permits desired, 25. Because of specific issues with the Altai populations, the Service has limited that restricted area to 10 imports per year, at least until that area’s population is better known and verified.

 Of some concern to us is the report that the Mongolian “Ministry indicates that they intend to conduct surveys of both Altai and Gobi populations beginning in July, 2008. That is the wrong time of the year to locate argali that can be expected to be widely dispersed. One has to wonder about the motive of surveying them when they can’t be found. We don’t know if such a survey was commenced, but do know it will not be comparable to earlier surveys in November. Regardless, Sheep-Force is intending greater participation itself to help take surveys that will be successful and be repeatable.

 The promising news is that there is no apparent decrease in horn size for the better part of a decade in the three countries, all three countries are reported to now have management plans, most populations are stable or increasing, a great deal of habitat has been set aside for protection and the quotas are generally conservative. – John J. Jackson, III.



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


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
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