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Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted January 2010)
 

 In late November and early December yours truly attended the annual general membership meetings of the Professional Hunters Associations of South Africa (PHASA) and Namibian Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA). This year my address to those professional hunters, hunting operators, taxidermists and related industry and government attendees advised of the untold trophy seizure crisis in the United States. An abbreviated version follows here as well as a checklist chart for all to use to protect trophies from detention, seizure and forfeiture. Read this because it may be the only way you can protect yourself and your property under the new Zero Tolerance policy. It will help you import “defensively” so you may protect your cherished property. Good luck.

Abbreviation of Address

 Dear members of .…I will first update you about Conservation Force since I last addressed you, then quickly turn to crises and issues of pressing concern to you directly.

 Since I last addressed you, Conservation Force has been admitted as a member of the IUCN. We are the first hunting organization to be admitted to membership in a very long time, perhaps more than a decade. Of course, our leadership were already active members of the various specialist groups of the IUCN, such as the Cat Specialist Group, Sustainable Use Specialist Group, Antelope Specialist Group, Deer Specialist Group, Affiliated African Lion Working Group.…Our IUCN membership will help us serve the conservation interests of the hunting community even more. Our conservation leadership is real.

 Second, a study has been completed showing that for three consecutive years Conservation Force was the 19th largest NGO on the African Continent out of more than 280 NGOs. We were 19th from the top in the amount of conservation expenditures on the ground. This is how far we have come in 12 years. Believe me, we are not stopping there. That makes us truly the greatest hunting-based conservation non-governmental organization in Africa. We haven’t done that alone. Conservation Force has combined the force of nearly 200 other organizations to get results…. You are one of those 200 organizations that have joined forces with us for the past 12 years, and we thank you for that. Despite the state of the world economy, we expended more than $350,000 on lion conservation since February. It was imperative….

 Third, we have become members of the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities and serve on its Executive Council because of the growing threat to firearms from the United Nations and its various proceedings. In fact, I’ve become the Chairman of the WFSA’s Temporary Transit of Sporting Firearms Task Force, TTF, with the mission of addressing the needs of traveling safari hunters and shooters. In July, a worldwide workshop is planned, and your government and this association will be invited.

 There is a fourth development that has been forced upon us. We have become the leading international hunting advocacy organization in the world. Conservation Force is litigating cases in US Federal Court in all the US ports of entry from San Francisco to New York. Conservation Force has more than nine lawyers on staff, full-time, part-time and as pro bono volunteers litigating cases. This unprecedented and historic action is in response to unprecedented obstacles to safari hunting and use of hunting as an international conservation tool. Most is defensive litigation, but we are also bringing the fight to those that threaten hunting. We now represent a new force: the force of law.

 Since this same time last year, hundreds of trophies worth millions of dollars have been detained, seized and/or forfeited. It is unprecedented as is our response to it. Let me explain. First, the International section of the USF&WS has phased in its approximately 100 pages of new internal CITES regulations that I advised you about in the past. Those were the regulations it adopted in September 2007. I say “phased in” because they were allowing trophies to be shipped back to the exporting country for corrections and reshipment, but no longer. Now that escape hatch is closed. Second, over the last few years of the last Administration, the Law Enforcement Division of the USF&WS - read port inspectors and their supervisors, all the way up to the Chief of Law Enforcement in Washington D.C. - has adopted a strict No Tolerance, No Forgiveness, No Rights approach to any and all trophy importing errors. Both the inspectors in the ports of entry and the Department of Interior Solicitors that see themselves as safeguards of both CITES and ESA now take the position that any error, no matter how slight or innocent, even typographical errors, convert the trophy into contraband illegal to possess and therefore the hunter/owner has absolutely no protected property interest in the trophy. This leaves the hunter, your client, defenseless when any error is made. Let me tell you, it is stern and heartless enforcement. You must help. Believe me, the USF&WS is holding your hunting clients responsible for the shipping mistakes and wants them to go against you, the “captains” of the safaris, the contracted taxidermists and shipping agents and even the exporting governments and airlines. No doubt you may soon find yourself being held responsible by your clients. The scale of the seizures, the nature of the mistakes and the growing costs of the trophies and their preparation and shipping are colliding. We have stepped up because the conservation role of hunting itself can be threatened.

 Let me cite some examples of the seizures. This time last year, hundreds of trophies from Southern Africa were seized, detained or held up here or in other exporting countries because of the USF&WS’s new regulation that transit through intermediate countries, such as South Africa, had to be “immediate” else import and re-export permits had to be issued by South African CITES Authorities. The US is the only country with this “immediate” requirement. The very first two trophies seized were those belonging to outdoor writer Craig Boddington and his wife, Donna. Those were their elephant tusks from Botswana. Though those tusks never officially entered South Africa while in transit, the USF&WS said they were stopped too long, i.e. “immediate transit” meant immediate transit. They wanted South African CITES authorities to issue re-export permits for trophies delayed in transit. Those seized were to be forfeited as contraband.

 Conservation Force filed a petition with the Director of USF&WS on behalf of itself and supporting organizations, Debbie Peake in Botswana and the South African Authorities that protested the need for and added expense and delay for inspection and issuance of permits for trophies passing through in transit. A standoff ensued. After months, the Chief of USF&WS’s Law Enforcement Division issued a letter in effect making the new regulation inapplicable to the necessary delays in South Africa, but only excepting certain necessary delays in South Africa for trophies passing through from other Southern African countries. It is not over by any means.

 A first-time safari hunter has just had his leopard, hippo and crocodile trophies seized because his CITES export permit was not “validated.” That is the requirement that at the time of export section 14 of the export permit be completed by a designated CITES Officer itemizing the parts, stamping the permit, and signing and dating it. That is distinct from the issuance of the permit. It is part two, so to speak. The USF&WS has been permitting those not properly validated to be shipped back for completion but now are seizing for forfeiture. Forfeiture generally means destruction and always total loss to the hunter. That first-time hunter says he is not ever going on safari again. Who can blame him?

 In one instance the airline lost all the paperwork for a leopard. The port inspector and the reviewing Solicitor ultimately ordered the forfeiture because the CITES authorities that issued the replacement permit did not first timely consult with the UFS&WS before the issuance. I repeat, the USF&WS now requires stringent adherence to every formality even when it is senseless in the particular instance.

 We are fighting these seizures in court and soon in Congress. It is costing Conservation Force no less than $15,000 in out-of-pocket expenses in each of the cases. With that, the outlook is doubtful and not promising. Of course we have stepped up to the plate because that is what we do and what we are about, but it is overwhelming.

 The reality is that most of the problems can be solved here in Africa before they occur. Conservation Force is creating a checklist or chart of the problems as a guide that must be put in practice immediately. We will list the reoccurring problems that should be looked for before the shipment of any CITES trophy. We will circulate that to the PH and taxidermist associations and they in turn will help circulate it to all concerned, including your hunting clients. You need to discover and correct the errors before shipment.
 The checklist has been evolving and will have to be revised from time to time, which we are prepared to do. We look forward to collaborating with all of you in keeping the checklist simple, accurate and up-to-date. I only regret that this has snuck up on us and so much may have already been compromised or lost. (Editor Note: The promised draft checklist follows this article and, when final, will be circulated to the greater hunting community as promised and posted on the Conservation Force and Hunting Report web sites for your use.)

 There is a second range of developments that contributed to Conservation Force’s litigation, upscaled leadership and advocacy. In December of 2008, the outgoing Director of USF&WS called me and advised that Conservation Force dismiss all the various trophy import permits that had been pending for years. He explained that the Administration was not going to adopt the “enhancement policy” for import of ESA “endangered” listed species and the next would not even be interested. It was over. He advised it would save the USF&WS (International Affairs section) a lot of trouble and Conservation Force as well. Well, after some perplexing consideration we refused to dismiss half a lifetime of work and all the conservation potential at risk. We began sending notices to sue for downlisting petitions that had been held up for up to a decade while we had waited for adoption of the enhancement policy and for import permits in the process for even longer than that. The USF&WS response was the denial of virtually every permit en masse. That includes the denial of cheetah and black-faced impala applications on administrative appeal for years before the Director. It includes the denial of all pending applications for wood bison from the Yukon and Suleiman markhor from the renowned Torghar Conservation Project in Pakistan. It includes all outstanding Cameroon elephant import permit applications and all elephant import permits from Mozambique, including the exemplary Niassa Reserve. They have not yet denied the elephant import permits from Zambia, but we have sued them after a Freedom Of Information Act request demonstrated they had not so much as begun the permit processing after five years. We have also helped generate downlisting proposals for CITES CoP15 for Tanzania and Zambia elephant so import permits will no longer be required from those countries. (See the December 2009 issue for more information on this effort.) The USF&WS has assumed more permitting responsibility than it has the will or capacity to deliver, so it is time to eliminate the need for import permits for elephant from Tanzania and Zambia. – 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
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
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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