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The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted January 2002)
 
In November 29, the Scientific Review Group (SRG) of the European Union (EU) rendered a "negative opinion for import" of hunting trophies of grizzly bear taken in British Colombia (BC), Canada. The United Kingdom placed the matter on the SRG Agenda and the committee members present felt that, based upon the information available, they "could not be sure" that the trophy trade was not detrimental. Consequently, they formed a "negative opinion" of those imports.

The opinion has not yet been reviewed or adopted by the European Commission, so it is not binding on the member states of the European Union. The European Union will write to the Canadian Wildlife Service to outline the problems identified by the SRG before it takes any action that might be binding on all member states of the EU. The SRG did not extend Canada such a courtesy before it rendered its opinion. It appears to have relied upon misinformation provided by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) provided through the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany.

Though the opinion is not binding on member states, the member states of the EU customarily follow the opinion issued by the SRG unless there is evidence to the contrary. The scientific authorities of the respective member states (countries) do consider the SRG opinions when making their own non-detriment determination about a particular import. Of course, in this case, only one side was fully presented to the SRG. There is favorable evidence that probably was not presented to or considered by the SRG.

The EIA is notorious for making misleading half truths and innuendo, and its grizzly campaign has been no exception. Although we don't yet know what the EIA presented to the UK for presentation to the SRG (it was a closed meeting, and BC had no notice or participation), we know that the EIA's press release is false and misleading. The EIA press release falsely states "[h]unters from the European Union were today banned from bringing grizzly bear trophies home from the Canadian province of British Colombia...." In fact, the SRG does not have that authority or responsibility. It only makes an opinion, which is one step in the process within the EU. The European Commission that represents the Union itself has not yet begun to act.

The EIA press release falsely states that "the EU" has "concluded that the hunt is harming BC's grizzly population...." Not true. The SRG is not the EU, and it made a negative opinion because it did not have sufficient information from its limited sources to determine if the hunting was detrimental, not that, in fact, it is harming the species. The opinion rendered was due to an insufficiency of information before the SRG, not proof of harm to the species.

The EIA press release states that "the EU was obligated under international and domestic regulations to ban further imports because the species is listed under CITES." That too is completely false. The SRG opinion is not a ban. It is only one step in the process. CITES itself does not require that non-detriment findings be made by importing countries for Appendix II species, which is how all British Columbia grizzly are listed under CITES.

The EIA press release also states that 35 percent of the foreign hunters hunting BC are from the EU, when, in fact, it was closer to nine percent last year. The press release states that an average of 300 bears are taken each year by hunters, when in recent years the harvest has been less than 200 each year and is expected to be even lower due to the number of areas that remain closed to hunting. The EIA knowingly confuses the US's and BC's bear population status in its press release, then goes on to state that the BC grizzly "is officially classed as at risk throughout its dwindling range in Canada," implying that it is listed by Canadian or BC authorities as endangered or threatened "officially" in British Columbia. It is not! Even the EIA in its publication "Trigger Happy" (see page 3) admits that "Grizzlies are listed on Appendix II (of CITES) for look-alike reasons," not because of the biological status of the bear.

The EIA press release states that "this ban is an even stronger signal that this hunt is both unsustainable and unwanted." Of course, the SRG's finding is not a "ban." It is only a preliminary step in the process. The SRG does not make political decisions whether or not the hunt is "wanted" for socio-political reasons. Moreover, its opinion was based upon the absence of information presented in a closed meeting in which the country and province with the information and greatest interest and responsibility were not informed or even invited.

The European Commission has responded to an inquiry made for Conservation Force and said that from the information available that was examined, the SRG "could NOT be sure that this finding (non-detriment) was met." That means the "negative opinion" arose from an absence of information.

The concluding statement in the EIA press release is that the Canadian Federal Government itself should stop the export of BC's grizzly trophies to save its "reputation around the world." This demonstrates what the EIA is really up to. It is exaggerating for effect in the press release and provided distorted evidence of its choosing. It is using every trick and device to manipulate either the BC Ministry to again close all grizzly hunting or to compel the Canadian Wildlife Service (national government) to stop issuing CITES Appendix II export permits for the trophies. The Canadian Wildlife Service does have to make a non-detriment finding before permitting export of grizzly from British Columbia since the grizzly is on Appendix II of CITES.

It is a grave disappointment that the SRG has rendered a "negative opinion" under the stricter domestic procedures adopted by the EU, i.e. stricter than CITES. It will be a far greater disappointment if the Canadian Wildlife Service begins denying export permits, or the BC Ministry again closes the hunting.

The EIA press release can be seen on the EIA's website at www.eia-international.org under Bear Campaign. All too often local wildlife managers don't understand how the antis work internationally from the top down. Those few of us that monitor the international arena know that the antis have at times wielded great influence because of the clear playing field. The EIA is exerting pressure on numerous fronts that wildlife managers seldom consider in their day-to-day tasks.

The EIA has been at the forefront of the effort to stop all grizzly bear hunting in BC from September 1998 when it circulated a petition for closure. Over 114 organizations signed a petition threatening to boycott all BC wood products unless "all" grizzly hunting was closed. The EIA persuaded the last British Columbia Administration to close the hunting last Spring with an EIA billboard in the UK that was perceived to be a threat to BC's tourism. The EIA has been pressing BC to close it again. Perhaps, a review of the EIA is timely….

The EIA has two bases of operation. The first is a for-profit commercial organization with all stock held by three shareholders in the UK where it was formed, and the second is a new separately registered EIA, Inc. in Washington, D.C. There is also an EIA Charitable Trust, which is a registered charity in London in which the same individuals are the trustees. The EIA was formed for campaigning and literally seems to be for-hire as a paid advocacy group. Raymond Bonner in his book, At the Hand of Man, about the campaign that listed the African Elephant on Appendix 1 of CITES in 1989, aptly describes the EIA. Bonner cites the EIA as "a small outfit of militant environmentalists." He credits the EIA as having played a large part in initiating the elephant listing decision. "Because it was small and had no membership base, EIA needed money for its elephant campaign." It received $165,000 in 1989 and 1990 from the Animal Welfare Institute located in the USA that largely funded its campaign to list the elephant, according to Bonners.

Alan Thornton founded the EIA in 1984 and chairs it. Thornton has been a Director of Greenpeace, Ltd. on and off since 1979. He once headed the London office of Greenpeace. He is of "Canadian" nationality though he lives in London. Like in the current grizzly campaign, Bonner states that Thornton "warned African officials that if they did not go along with an (ivory) ban, he would step up the public relations assaults on their country abroad. . . . For Thornton, almost anything was justified to stop the ivory trade."

We wonder who has hired the EIA for its BC grizzly bear campaign. The Raincoast Conservation Society of British Columbia signed the initial petition, and it issued a press release remarkably similar to that of EIA. Like the EIA, its press release was issued on the same date as the SRG meeting November 29 before anyone else knew of the opinion. The Raincoast Conservation Society also leaves no doubt about the purpose behind the campaign in Europe and the reason for the attack through the SRG. It is clear in the following excerpt from the society's press release: "The BC government has proven incapable of managing the province's grizzly bears. It is time for the Canadian federal government to intervene and ban the export of grizzly bear trophies from BC. The plight of BC's grizzly bears is being held up to international scrutiny, and the world is watching how the Canadian federal government is going to react," said Chris Genovali of Raincoast Conservation Society. "The EU deserves high praise for banning the import of grizzly hunt trophies from BC." "We tried to warn the liberals before they lifted the grizzly bear moratorium that BC could be the subject of international condemnation for allowing the sport hunting of a species they know virtually nothing about," said Ian McAllister of Raincoast. "Gordon Campbell is learning that British Columbia and its environmental policies do not exist in a provincial vacuum."

"This also comes at an especially embarrassing time for the Liberal government, due to the fact that Vancouver is hosting a large German delegation of tourism operators. BC could be spending its resources promoting the province as an international bear-viewing destination instead of hopelessly defending it's policy to sporthunt a species federally listed at risk," said Raincoast's Ian McAllister.

"We commend the EU for taking this step under CITES to protect grizzly bears in BC. We also commend our conservation colleagues in the UK (Environmental Investigation Agency) and in Germany (Pro Wildlife) for their diligent work in bringing this critical issue to the attention of the EU Scientific Review Group. We now hope that Canadian CITES authorities will complete their own review and implement a ban on the export of grizzly hunt trophies from BC," said Raincoast's Chris Genovali. www.raincoast.org.

In its campaign to list all African elephants on Appendix I of CITES, the EIA constantly attacked Zimbabwe, which had one of the best elephant management programs in Africa and an elephant population that was increasing in numbers like BC's grizzly. The EIA accused Zimbabwe of "double-counting" its elephant population to make its CITES Appendix II non-detriment export permit finding and argued that double-counting was the only possible explanation for such a large increase in elephant in the country. The EIA is making the exact same misrepresentation in British Columbia. It is arguing that the grizzly population estimate is an exaggeration twice the real number. It claims the population is 4,000 to 6,000, not the BC authority's estimate of 12,000 to 13,000. Of course, the elephant in Zimbabwe have since been downlisted at a CITES Conference of the Parties that now accepts the elephant population estimates of the country, over protest of the EIA. We believe the same will be true in BC.

In British Columbia, the grizzly population is believed to have increased over the past decade. The indicators such as the increase in problem-animal incidents supports this, but the interpretation is twisted by the EIA as it did with Zimbabwe's elephants. The Canadian Wildlife Service should know well what the EIA is about, having witnessed it firsthand in Zimbabwe. Ironically, the Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service presided over the CITES Conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, at which Zimbabwe's elephants were downlisted over the EIA's protest. Perhaps it is EIA's idea of payback.

In its literature, the EIA states that "many of our enemies, the traders and killers we have exposed - don't appreciate that EIA is also a tiny organization. . . . . Volunteers donate their time in order to save us money. . . . They epitomize the EIA philosophy - that the commitment and dedication of a few people can save a lot of lives" (animals). The EIA brags about having "mobilized international public opinion behind our campaigns. . . ." They take credit for what they describe as "the biggest wildlife conservation success in recent history: the CITES Appendix 1 listing - a world-wide ban on the ivory trade introduced in January 1990...." They also claim that "[t]he US government has passed legislation, partly framed by EIA, which has practically shut down the import of wild-caught birds for the pet trade." It also claims to have "alerted the world to the hundreds of thousands of small whales, dolphins and porpoises that are killed every year. Before our campaign, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) would not even look at the problem." (The same three owners/stockholders of EIA also own and operate Eco-Detectives, a for-profit company, which produced a notorious animal detective film on pilot whaling in the Faroe Islands).

The EIA also lead the misinformation campaign against Eugene Lapointe the Secretary General of CITES that caused him to be fired. He was ultimately cleared and exonerated. UNEP held that the allegations made by the EIA were ""unfounded" and proof of the EIA allegations never materialized. It was one more case of spreading misleading information using the British press to achieve their agenda.

On a number of occasions, EIA Chairman Alan Thornton has personally told me that the EIA is not an anti-hunting organization. Don't believe it. He has done this when he wanted some information or collaboration. For example, he circulated among everyone at CITES COP 11 in Kenya last year, searching for information on elephant poaching to get the elephant in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia uplisted to Appendix 1 again. Some hunting interests opposed to any and all ivory trade cooperated with the EIA. At that time, I asked Alan Thornton about the BC grizzly when he claimed the EIA was not against hunting "like all the others." His approach was very warm and personable, and my question was very polite and sincere. He froze, became speechless and finally walked off without a response when I repeated the question.

The EIA is a member of the protectionist Species Survival Committee formed by the antis. The EIA also wrote a pointed comment letter to the US Fish & Wildlife Service opposing the hunting of cheetah and the issuance of cheetah trophy import permits from Namibia that we have on file. Organizations like the Wildlife Protection Institute that have provided large sums for the EIA to do its work are most definitely anti-hunting. Finally, the EIA's publication "Trigger Happy," attacking BC grizzly hunting, portrays hunting generally as an undesirable activity.

Many North American hunters do not relate to the elephant listing fight that is now continuing over a decade. Many even believed the misinformation they heard about the status of elephant. Now the same techniques are being used by them closer to home. It is time to wake up!


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

Conservation Force
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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


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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