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Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted March 2001)
 
On January 18th the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously "to allow nonresidents to apply for moose permits in the controlled hunt drawings." The story behind it demonstrates the resident versus nonresident hunter conflict and how our democratic system deals with it. Nonresidents will finally be able to draw up to 10 percent of available permits. They have not been able to even apply before. This year permits for antlered moose will total 1,003, up from 888 last year. Antlerless permits will total 147, up from 123. The Idaho Fish and Game Department (IFG) news release states that up to 115 of the total could go to nonresidents. Simultaneously, the IFG increased the total number of tags by more than 10 percent, 139 more tags, so residents will have a greater draw too. The draw had been 1,011 and will be 1,150, which is 139 new tags with only 115 going to nonresidents. The 10 percent rule that limits the issuance of controlled hunt permits to nonresidents has been a longstanding rule for other species and was not created just for moose.

Nonresidents will be charged $1,514.50 for the new tag, permit and application fees as well as $128.50 for a general hunting license. All but the $128.50 is refunded if the nonresident does not draw. Experts at drawing odds have advised us that the odds should be good for individual nonresidents this year. The application period for moose along with other "trophy species" will be open from April 1 through the 30th. All the rules are expected to be on-line at the Idaho Fish and Game web site by the first week of March. For rule booklets and nonresident license applications call, 800-635-7820 or go to the IFG web site at www.state.id.us/fishgame. Beware that in the past even residents who applied for moose were prohibited from applying for any other "controlled big game hunt in the same year," except for a list of exceptions including controlled black bear hunts, certain leftover permits, etc. We presume that is now applicable to both nonresidents and residents.

The Commission decision was unanimous, and the news release from IFG headquarters states that three of the seven commissioners made a point of saying that although Conservation Force had threatened suit, the "issue of fairness," not fear of litigation prompted them to support the proposal. Conservation Force has had a significant role in contributing to this "fairness." Our involvement began over two years ago when one of our supporting organizations (which we will not name to protect them) asked us to correct the unfair discrimination against nonresidents by the State of Idaho. On March 5, 1999 we took our first formal step by sending a lawyer type "amicable request" letter to the director of Idaho's Department of Fish and Game. On April 13, 1999, the deputy attorney general for the State of Idaho replied that the Commission had ordered a task force be assembled to address the issue. He also requested a copy of the Terk case in New Mexico, which we had won, so that he could advise the task force to address the issue at its first meeting. Additionally, he advised us that the department was hiring a new director (it had none) and asked for time to respond to our demand.

On April 14, 1999 a member of the task force also wrote us for information on the Terk case and other material. On April 20, 1999 we responded to these two requests and again asked that the discrimination be corrected "at the first opportunity." Eureka! The task force recommended the change. At the August 12, 1999 Commission meeting, the minutes under the title "Nonresident quota for moose . . ." states, "[I]n the public land states of the west, there continue to be challenges to not allowing nonresidents equal access to publicly-owned wildlife. Proposal of the task force assigned to study these issues was . . . beginning in 2001 to allow sale of 10 percent of moose tags to nonresidents and if possible, increase the numbers of moose permits by that amount to show residents that there is no net loss of opportunity for them." The Commission made a motion to accept the recommendation of the task force, to put it out for public comment, and to consider it after the public comment period at the January 2000 meeting. It passed unanimously. Then the resident hunters' fireworks started!

The outdoor editor of the Post Register covered it in a full-page article in the sports section of that paper. The title was, "Radical changes proposed for moose hunting." The "radical change" article began with a large photograph of two moose with the caption "The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is proposing a rule change that would allow nonresident hunters to apply for moose tags for the first time. The move was prompted by the threat of a lawsuit by a group of hunters called Conservation Force." It began with, "Threatened by a powerful federation of nonresident hunters, Idaho Wildlife officials are proposing rule changes that would open moose hunting to everyone, not just Idaho residents. A New Orleans-based hunting group called Conservation Force says it is discriminatory to exclude nonresidents from the state's annual lottery for 1,011 moose tags. The group also claims it is in the best interest of all hunters, Idaho hunters included, to appease nonresidents who pay millions of dollars to conserve wildlife. Late last year and then again in March, Conservation Force attorney John Jackson sent letters to Idaho officials, promising a lawsuit if the rules weren't changed . . . Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say a rule change is necessary because they don't believe they can win a court case against Jackson. They are proposing a new rule that allows nonresidents 10 percent . . . If the rule is adopted, it will go into effect in 2001. 'If we litigate and lose, we could find a situation where nonresidents could have equal access to the tags (half),' said Steve Hoffaker, Fish and Game's chief of wildlife . . . 'That is why I think our plan is a good compromise . . .' Idaho hunters, for the most part, dislike the proposal. Moose tags are some of the hardest to draw, and they believe giving away 10 percent is another sign Fish and Wildlife caters to big-money hunters at the expense of Idahoans." "I can't believe a 'rich lawyer' is going to make it harder . . . to get a tag next year . . . 'it's a crock," one resident is quoted as stating. The article continues, "Jackson has heard that sentiment in other states where he has sued for more access to hunting tags . . . 'I'm not comfortable representing hunters against hunters, but in this case it's a necessity because nonresidents can't represent themselves,' said Jackson . . . Jackson said moose are grown on public ground and there is no rationale for keeping nonresidents from hunting them. . . In addition to the legal arguments, Jackson said treating nonresident hunters fairly is critical to the future of wildlife conservation in America. Nonresidents spend millions of dollars to track and hunt, making them invaluable to wildlife conservation, he said . . . 'When you look at what is needed to maintain hunting, it's smart and logical to give protection to nonresidents.' He said last year 2 million Americans traveled to hunt out of their home state. 'They are paying the largest share of the conservation bills,' he said. 'They are crucial, indispensable, to conservation. Therefore, their ability to get licenses is very important...'."

"In Idaho, Jackson is right. Nonresidents account for 69 percent of the money raised by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in 1995 . . . That year 27,696 nonresident hunters purchased $10 million in tags and licenses. At the same time, 207,794 residents spent $4.9 million on tags and licenses. The numbers are similar for each of the last few years. . . In fact, Jackson goes as far as claiming his organization, Conservation Force, is critical to saving hunting nationwide. Without nonresidents, game departments will shrink, lose their political clout and fall victim to the anti-hunting movement, he said. 'Residents aren't willing to pay more and aren't willing to share,' he said. 'That is a lose-lose situation for the future of hunting.' Hoffaker, chief of Fish and Game, clearly wants no part of the legal battle, and he said giving nonresidents 10 percent of the tags per year is the best thing to do (rather than risking 50 percent). Courts have said it is okay to charge differential fees to residents and nonresidents, but it's not okay to discriminate against nonresidents by giving them no chance, which is our situation with moose,' he said . . ."

"That doesn't sit well with Idahoans, who already think wildlife management is too heavily swayed by the almighty dollar . . . Others, though, are more understanding." That follows with a quote from a resident that ends the article with "I hate to see it, but the lawsuit is coming."

The article advised readers how to file comments. Comment they did! In the face of the resident opposition, the Commission lost its forward momentum at the next meeting. A petition with many thousands of signatures was delivered at a Commission hearing opposing any issuance of moose hunting licenses to nonresidents. Then rumor has it that the Commission went into Executive Succession in May and decided not to open moose hunting to nonresidents unless and until they were actually sued. Regardless, with the passage of time we began the arduous process of preparing to file suit in Federal District Court. In the August issue of The Hunting Report, World Conservation Force Bulletin, we called for help in an article entitled, "It's Time To Sue!" The article announced "[E]very effort has been made to resolve the issue amicably. It is a pity, but a suit is necessary. We are looking for plaintiffs . . . to proceed with the case." Plaintiffs we got, seven of them. Three were nonresident Idaho landowners, and one of those landowners had even been a resident who moved away but could not get a moose license for his own property. Months of work followed at a heightened pace. We received phone calls from several interests in Idaho suggesting the Commission's sentiment was turning around again, so we held off filing suit until the last Commission meeting to set the rule for the 2001 hunting season. That is when the Commission passed a unanimous resolution to be "fair" to nonresidents. That is what it is all about. This is how unrepresented nonresidents get to be treated "fair" in America. It will initially generate approximately $190,000 per year in additional budget revenue for the department, save the department more than that in legal fees, resident hunters will have more licenses for themselves than when it all began and residents are no longer at legal risk of having to share licenses equally (50-50) with nonresidents as in the Terk New Mexico case.


News... News... News
British Columbia Closes Grizzly Bear Hunting

In early February, the Premier of British Columbia, Ujjal Dosanjh, cratered to the anti-hunters. He imposed a three-year moratorium on all grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia, supposedly to allow time to establish a better estimate of the grizzly bear population. The antis have been clamoring for a 10-year moratorium to establish the bear population numbers, which is even more absurd. It is a scam to close it and keep it closed. This disregarded the professionals in the province's Wildlife Branch. The Wildlife Branch biologists believe the province's existing bear population estimates are conservative. So do we. Frankly, no estimate will satisfy those clamoring for the closure. There is no such thing as a "definitive count" of grizzlies. That is beyond the state of the art. Moreover, anything approaching it is so expensive as to truly be prohibitive. The BC Ministry already has spent nearly 4 million Canadian dollars on grizzly bear studies over the past five years! BC already has the best research and science on grizzly bear available. Nothing will be enough. Moreover, there is no money for additional surveys and estimating, making this a permanent ban.

The good news is that the premier is expected to be voted out of office within 60 to 90 days. The party expected to be elected has opposed the closure and promised to follow the advice of BC's Wildlife Branch, which estimates the bear population to be 10,000 to 13,000. The leader of that party, opposition Liberal leader Gordon Campbell, called the moratorium "a crass political scheme aimed at selling out rural British Columbians to buy votes... This has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with sound science."

We have worked closely on this matter from its inception three years ago when over 120 organizations began the anti-hunting campaign with a petition addressed to British Columbia - among them the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Humane Society of the United States, Fund for Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Sierra Club. We reported on developments in this bulletin in August 1998 when it began and again comprehensively in March 1999 and once more in January when the EIA made it a CITES issue. The anti-hunting campaign has been unrelenting. The closure will probably prevent the spring grizzly hunt. Nevertheless, the Guides and Outfitters Association and the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (35,000 sportsmen) expect most if not all of the hunting to reopen by the fall.


Briefly Noted

Crisis and Events: By the time you read this I will have met with the British Columbia grizzly bear principals, addressed the Men's Luncheon at FNAWS, addressed the Board of the National Taxidermy Association, separately addressed the membership meetings of both The Grand Slam Club and International Sheep Hunters Association (ISHA) and departed for Africa. In a short one week in Africa I will address the Namibia Professional Hunters Association (NAPHA) at their Annual General Membership Meeting on cheetah in Windhoek, meet with the president, ministers and stakeholders on the closure of lion hunting in Botswana, and then travel to Zambia to meet with the ministry and stakeholders on the hunting closure, crocodile trophy quotas and conservation of red lechwe during the closure. I will then fly back to finish the complex Wyoming nonresident rights suit appellate briefs due in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. While I am personally doing these things, Conservation Force will have other volunteers traveling to Cameroon, Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa on similar "business only" assignments. We are putting out the fires. The current crises call for action. To quote Dr. Teer of Conservation Force's board, "that is what Conservation Force is all about." No more needs to be said about it except that we need your support, and we need it now. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law as we are a 501(c)(3) Charitable Public Foundation. Please mail a contribution to Conservation Force, 3900 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 1045, Metairie, Louisiana 70002 U.S.A.

Elephant Memories: Cynthia Moss of Amboseli National Park in Kenya fame has revised and republished her book Elephant Memories. The first edition was published in 1988, this one in 2000. She has totally deleted, "I am not against sporthunting because it brings revenue to the people . . . and taking a few trophy animals each year apparently has little detrimental effect on wildlife populations." That was in her first book. Of special interest, she now admits that "the independent males spend most of their time outside the park or across the border and deep into Tanzania." Moreover she writes that within the 18-month period after elephant hunting was closed in adjacent Tanzania in 1995, at her insistence I must add, "at least 10 more large bulls" were killed by an identified poacher. Thus, the bulls were Tanzanian bulls, and she exposed them to poaching by closing down their sustainable use. More interestingly, the elephant population growth rate has not declined as she forewarned.


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

Conservation Force
One Lakeway Center
Suite 1045
Metairie, LA 70002.
Tel. 504-837-1233. Fax 504-837-1145.
E-mail: cf@conservationforce.org
Web: www.ConservationForce.org



Conservation Force 2014
2014
January Firestorm Email Attacks by Media and Antis
January CIC Milan 61st General Assembly/Crime Summit
January USFWS Re-Notices Proposed ESA Downlisting of Markhor
January Markhor Import Permit Appeal
January Hunter Proud Foundation & Osprey Filming Company
January Intervention in Latest Three Amigos Suit
February Antis’ Antics Have Perverse Negative Effect on Rhino Conservation
March Speech Upon Receiving the Houston Safari Club International Hunter of the Year Award
March Hunting: A Great Debate
April Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
April Conservation Force Solves Liberia Trophy Import Problems
April Elephant Hair and Skin Bracelets Importable
April Conservation Force First Quarter 2014 Report
May USFWS Implements Catastrophic Suspension of Elephant Imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe
May Letter to USFWS from Robin Hurt
June First Formal Action on Elephant Import Suspension Taken by Conservation Force
July Import Permits Issued for Sulaiman Markhor of Torghar Project
July Trophy Definition to Again Include Worked, Manufactured or Handicraft Items
July Comments Opposing Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Import Suspension
July USFWS Produces Letter of Inquiry to Tanzania on Elephant Populations
August Status of Elephant Import Suspensions for Zimbabwe and Tanzania
August The True Status of White Rhino Populations
August Win the Wild, A Fictionalized Account of How South Africa Reclaimed Its Wildlife Heritage


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
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