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CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now

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

In late May we began receiving calls and e-mails from San Francisco to New York about dozens of trophy shipments being held. The owners were being given the option of seizure or shipping their trophies back to the country of origin. Section 14 of the export permits was not satisfactorily completed. The trophies were from Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Spain, CAR, Cameroon and Tajikistan. Hunters, brokers and trophy import agents were asking for advice on what option to take, i.e. bearing the costs and risk of reshipping or accepting seizure and petitioning for release.

 If shipped back, there was a risk of loss or damage to the trophies. There was also a risk that the export and/or import permits would expire during the process. In addition to the cost of agents on both ends, there are storage charges at both ends and insurance.

 If the hunter chose seizure, then the hunter could simply forfeit his CITES-listed trophies to avoid further costs. In that case, there was no assurance initially that a civil fine might not still be imposed atop of the forfeiture. Alternatively, hunters who choose seizure could file a petition for remission of the seized trophy or trophies on the basis that it was the fault of the exporting CITES government authority and he or she was an innocent owner. There are drawbacks to that choice. First, there is a low success rate with petitions for remission and a dearth of specialized legal counsel to competently handle such cases. The regional solicitors who decide the petitions for the respective ports seem to act as prosecutors as well as judges. Historically, they treat such trophies as “contraband” to which the owner has no protected property rights and they treat trophy trade of CITES-listed species as disfavored. Since September 2007 (published August 23, 2007 and effective in September; 72 FR 48402), CITES government authority errors for Appendix II species are correctable after the fact, post-shipment, under certain limited and stringent conditions. Unfortunately, no such relief is yet available for Appendix I listed species such as most elephant and all leopard are classed. The petition for remission process can take years and if your trophy is returned to you, you are often required to sign a waiver of liability for its condition (sight unseen) before its return and have to agree to pay a civil fine in the amount of thousands of dollars. Violations are treated as strict liability. If you wish to seek judicial relief after exhausting the administrative petition for remission process, it is in federal court in the port of importation, which is expensive. Judicial relief is rarely undertaken. Most petitions are denied and the trophies lost.

 We advised all those who contacted us to choose reshipment and to be alert to import and export permit expiration dates. There was little real choice in the case of Appendix I seizures. If the permits expired during the reshipment cycle, it would be the hunter’s fault under the interpretation of the regulations and there was little likelihood the trophy could be saved regardless of which CITES Appendix.

 When the scale of the problem dawned on us at Conservation Force, we sent an urgent request to the Director and Deputy Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service for temporary relief. The response was immediate. Within days, every trophy in every port was released and cleared for entry. Because the underlying problem still exists and will arise again, I’ve included the full final correspondence with the Service. It is the closest thing to an explanation to the public, so we are publishing it here in full.

Our original email to Director Dale Hall & Deputy Director Ken Stansell:

 We have a crisis! Dozens, if not hundreds, of shipments of trophies are being seized or turned around for re-export with attendant complications such as permit expirations.

 Last August the Service adopted new internal CITES regulations. Those regulations treat export permits with imperfections as invalid. In the last month or so the Service has begun vigorously enforcing the requirement that export permits be endorsed properly.

 Although the Service notified the CITES parties of its new regulations when they were adopted, the new regulations are over 100 pages in length and address a multiplicity of issues. It’s a major undertaking to study and comply with them. It presents a problem in third-world countries.

 This is a request that the seizures and re-exports be temporarily halted until a specific advisory can be issued to the exporting nations. After all these years, it cannot hurt to delay the implementation for a couple of months. Right now, it’s having a devastating impact on the entire safari industry and consequently, a negative impact on the conservation that arises from hunting-related programs - including those sanctioned by CITES through quotas and Resolution 2.11 (Revised).
 Please respond as soon as possible.
John J. Jackson, III
Chairman, Conservation Force

Here is the USF&WS response:

 I have checked into your allegations and I am not sure that I agree with either the nature or extent of your concerns.  I believe you are referring to one specific requirement that CITES documents include the actual quantity of specimens exported or re-exported which must be validated or certified by the stamp or seal and signature of the inspecting authority at the time of export or re-export (50 CFR 23.23(c)(21)). This requirement, which the U.S. has been implementing for years, was reinforced at the Meeting of the Conference of the Parties last year with the recommendations in Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP14) on permits and certificates, under which validation of CITES documents is now required at the time of the export or re-export, even when a physical inspection is not possible. Annex 1 of the resolution, which contains information that should be included in CITES permits and certificates, contains (in paragraph p) the validation/certification requirement for all permits and certificates. 

 Following the announcement of our revised CITES regulations last September, we have not only distributed a general notice to all Parties, but have been working extensively bilaterally with a number of our key importing Parties, and in this case the safari hunting industry, to ensure that there is a common understanding of the requirements of CITES. We have also established a process to track countries that fail to validate CITES documents so we can continue to work with those countries to ensure compliance. 

 For the past eight months through May of this year, while working to get the word out, we have NOT taken any enforcement action on shipments containing CITES specimens where the only violation detected was the lack of validation on a CITES export or re-export permit or certificate. We advised importers of the validation requirement and warned that future shipments could be subject to enforcement action. Beginning in May of this year, we moved to a secondary phase-in period which will run through August. During this time, we will refuse clearance for these shipments and allow the shipment to be returned to obtain the proper clearances, if the importer chooses. In cases where the importer does not choose to return the item, we may seize the shipment.

 Recently, we have had a few situations where the permit was partially validated (signed) but the actual numbers of items imported was not identified. An incomplete validation (without numbers) is a violation. However, if this is a noncommercial shipment, there are no other concerns, and the actual quantities authorized by the management authority can be verified with a physical inspection, we are in the process of advising our officers to allow these shipments to be cleared for import.

 We have done exactly what you suggested. Since the Parties recently voted to increase enforcement of this requirement, we allowed for a full 12 months grace period through September of this year before we will consider seizing shipments. After eight months of warnings, we have now moved to a refuse-entry posture which we will continue until that time. We believe that this phased approach is a reasonable and appropriate way to ensure compliance of CITES while recognizing the need to allow adequate time for the Parties to implement their decisions.

 In closing, I hope this reply is responsive to your concerns. Thank you for communicating with the Service on these issues.

Kenneth B. Stansell
Deputy Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

     The pertinent part of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP14) on permits and certificates that Ken Stansell refers to above states:

Annex 1: Information that should be included in CITES permits and certificates…

p) The actual quantity of specimens exported, certified by the stamp or seal and signature of the authority that carried out the inspection at the time of the exportation.

     The new USF&WS internal regulations published August 23, 2007 (72 FR 48414) address the issue twice. First, section 23.27 provides the following: “What CITES documents do I present at the port?” … “(c) General validation or certification process. Officials in each country inspect the shipment and validate or certify the CITES document….” Second, at 50 CFR 23.23(c)(21) the Service lists “[w]hat information is required on…foreign CITES documents.” The required information includes “validation or certification”. That is described to be “the actual quantity of specimens exported or re-exported: (i) Using the same units of measurement as those on the CITES document. (ii) Validated or certified by the stamp or seal and signature of the inspected authority at the time of export….”

 When the Service approved its new regulations in August 2007 it specifically addressed our concerns here at Conservation Force. “Validation (Section 23.23(c)(21): We require quantity exported or re-exported whether the shipment is physically inspected upon export or not. One commenter expressed concern that this section requires a CITES permit to be validated prior to leaving the country; otherwise it is not considered a valid permit. The commenter stated that the majority of countries do not validate their export permits and that this will become an enforcement burden to the wildlife inspectors program to either re-export the shipment for lack of validation or seize the item(s). The commenter questioned if there is a plan to notify all CITES Parties of the new requirement to lessen the burden. We are aware of the lack of implementation of this CITES requirement by some countries, and plan to focus outreach efforts on this issue before the rule enters into effect. However, we are also aware that receipt of a CITES document without validation is not necessarily due to an export or re-exporting country having chosen not to validate, but may be because these shipments have evaded export controls. The lack of validation is quite often a violation of the exporting or re-exporting country’s CITES laws and we are committed to ensuring that shipments of CITES species are legally traded.”

 We cannot give the Service enough praise for its prudence in this instance. They warned the community, we  warned the community and top import services such as Coppersmith, Inc.  warned the community. Together, each in our own way, we tried to prevent the crisis. Working with Carol Rutkowski of Coppersmith, Inc., we even got one important trophy exporting country to add the inspection and validation blank to its CITES export permits form. Obviously, our best efforts failed and the USF&WS is giving hunters another chance to comply with CITES. The best assurance you can have is to see that only qualified exporting agents are selected by your hunting company or taxidermists. In short, we have to ensure that Section 14 of the export permit is completed. Hunters have to police this themselves before shipments take place and/or ensure that qualified agents are proofing the CITES export documents before the shipment takes place. In time, exporting CITES authorities will adopt the necessary protocol. Even then, there will invariably be mistakes. The more requirements, the more opportunities or risks of mistakes and errors. Remember that returns or reshipping will not be an option in the future.

Credit Where Credit Due: I must give credit to the fine attorneys who have been helping with the demanding polar bear litigation. Michael A. Oropallo and Ellen K. Eagen of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP of 300 South State Street, Syracuse, New York have been invaluable. Richard Joseph Finn of Burnham Brown, 1901 Harrison Street, 11th Floor, Oakland, California has been the primary California representative of Conservation Force. All services have been pro bono, i.e. without charge. These attorneys have to feed their families and pay for their staff and office overhead, while the litigation continues to be a demanding fast-track undertaking.

 At this point in time, the single most immediate and most likely means of establishing the import of the approximately 60 trophies from hunts this Spring that cost approximately 1.75 million dollars is the intervention these attorneys joined together to file. As this bulletin goes to press, that intervention has been granted and the trial judge has agreed to reconsider the effective date of the polar bear listing for the limited purpose of permitting importation of all or part of the polar bear taken this past Spring before the May 15th listing date. The briefs are all in and those imports are awaiting the decision of the Oakland Judge that ordered that the listing be given immediate effect. The plaintiffs have no specific objection to the importation of the trophies. The defendants (Department of the Interior and USF&WS) object that it is too much trouble to issue the permits now, but agree that but for the Judge’s order they may have permitted all the trophies taken this season to be imported. Conservation Force had the last say in its reply brief and pointed out that the Service has no reason to complain of the extra work, for its conduct violated the discretionary listing deadlines, not the innocent hunters who themselves were compromised. The hunters were led to believe that trophy imports might continue and would not have even taken their hunts had the bear been listed timely within the time delays.

 Without the help of Michael, Ellen and Richard, no intervention would have been timely filed and the Judge in the best and only position to correct the error would not have had the opportunity. Without that intervention there would also be no right of appeal should the Oakland trial Judge err again. The Service can do nothing beyond what the court ordered and that court can do no more than what the pleadings (intervention and motion for reconsideration) have put in issue.

More Polar Bear Bad News: Polar bear trophy imports are prohibited in the final listing rule. The rule states that “under the MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act) the polar bear will be considered a ‘depleted’ species on the effective date of the listing…(and)…[a]s a depleted species, imports could only be authorized under the MMPA if the import enhanced the survival of the species…” 73 FR 28212 at 28236, Peer Review Comment No.3. This is misleading. Enhancement has never been found for a trophy.

 The enhancement provision was added to the MMPA in 1988. The regulations adopted by the national Marine Fisheries Service/NOAA to implement it are very express. Section 216.41 entitled Permits for scientific research and enhancement, states “[o]nly living marine mammals and marine mammal parts necessary for enhancement of the survival, recovery or propagation of the affected species or stock may be taken, imported, exported, or otherwise affected under the authority of an enhancement permit….” Legal counsel for the Marine Mammal Commission has advised us that lethal take and import of hunting trophies of lethally taken marine mammals are not considered enhancement. Unlike the ESA, the MMC takes a prohibitive view towards lethal take.

 That said, Conservation Force has been undertaking an exhaustive review of the “enhancement” provision of the MMPA for the purpose of filing test import permits and/or a suit for declaratory judgment. We have tentatively selected the population of the Gulf of Boothia for the test import permit under enhancement. All those who have taken a bear in the Gulf of Boothia should contact us at There was a substantial increase in that population at the last survey – so many that some offtake might benefit that dense population. It is located in the belt of Arctic that is not expected to melt in the next 50 years.

 Conservation Force had filed a petition to permit the importation of trophies from that area, and the draft publication for approval was in the signature chain when the petition to list was filed. That put a hold on approval. – John J. Jackson, III.

Conservation Force 2015
January Two Recent Zimbabwe Elephant Workshops Should Prompt USFWS to Allow Hunting Trophy Imports Again
January Iconic Conservation Hero Ian Player Passes
January Status Report on Elephant Import Suspensions
January Trophy Seizures and Forfeitures by USFWS Continue
February Report on the CAMPFIRE Workshop in Zimbabwe
February Another Successful Sheep Show
March Dateline: Tanzania - Don’t Blame the Victim, Don’t Punish the Elephant – Conservation Force Argues the Tanzania Suspension at FWS

Conservation Force 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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