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Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted July 2002)
 
After many years of posturing, the antis have filed a declaratory action to have a federal court rule that it is illegal to import trophies of threatened species. That has become the principal issue in the argali case. Nothing may have more far-reaching impact on the safari industry!
The anti-hunters have always opposed the import of trophies of any and all animals listed as “threatened.” They are opposed to all sporthunting, but the hunting of listed species lends itself to their kind of fundraising. They argue that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits taking of threatened species within the USA and also prohibits the importation of trophies taken in other lands. Through federal court litigation they have already established the jurisprudential rule that hunting (taking) of “threatened” species is prohibited within the US in two successive cases. They first stopped the sport hunting of wolves in Minnesota, then the sport hunting of grizzly bear in Montana.

The ESA expressly provides that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) may allow the taking of listed species as a “conservation” measure. The antis have successfully persuaded two federal courts that hunting can only be considered “conservation” in one “exceptional circumstance.” That “exceptional circumstance” has two parts. First, the population being hunted must be excessive (above biological carrying capacity). Second, there must not be any alternative means of relieving the pressure (reducing it to within capacity) other than the hunting.

The antis have been arguing that this applies to the import of trophies, as well as to the taking of domestic animals by hunters within the US. We have monitored this very closely for over a decade because of their obvious strategy to eliminate the tourist hunting industry and the wildlife conservation programs that rely upon it. Until now, they have made the argument in numerous public comments to the USF&WS. They have threatened to sue over it numerous times. One anti-hunting organization even began to raise the issue in the old elephant suit in which they intervened. Though the issue surfaced in their pleadings, the elephant case was concluded before the issue was addressed by the court.

In the present argali case, the issue is squarely before the court. Consequently, this is the most important ESA suit ever filed against safari/tourist hunting and the hunting-based wildlife conservation world. It is an all-important test case. They have struck where we are most vulnerable. This court decision can end it all.

They have amended their suit twice to clarify that this is the issue. They are not simply arguing that the issuance of permits to import argali trophies has not complied with the special regulations. They are now arguing that the special import regulations themselves are deficient because they don’t first require a determination that the argali population is excessive and that there is no alternative method of relieving that pressure.

In a recent hearing in the pending argali case, the antis’ legal counsel kept presenting that argument to the judge even though it was not the issue in that motion. Their obvious purpose was to plant the germ of the idea in the judge’s mind. There is an old adage that first impressions are lasting, so they obviously were trying to leave an impression favoring the underlying purpose of their case.
During the oral argument of the USF&WS’s Motion to Dismiss some of the claims on March 20, 2001, the antis made their purpose known. “Our argument is that ... it is inconsistent with the ESA itself (because import permit) decisions have to be for the conservation of the species, and conservation is defined to allow regulated taking only to relieve population pressures.” (Page 35 of transcript.)

“We have not, of course, gotten to the merits of this case yet, and I want to remind the court that we are here on the motion to dismiss, but there are several cases, including a case decided in this court, that have determined that it is illegal for the Service to allow the hunting of threatened species, precisely because the Service has not determined that it was necessary to relieve population pressures. If it does it on another basis (current regulations), then it is inconsistent with section 15.33(d), and that is our claim in the case.” (Page 36.)

“Issuing a permit ... is inconsistent with the ESA itself, which explains that when you are making determinations for threatened species ... those decisions have to be for the conservation of the species, and conservation is defined to allow requested taking only to relieve population pressures.”
In his concluding statement, the antis’ counsel again stated that import permits for threatened animals can only be granted to “provide for the conservation” of the animal. His very last words were, “again, conservation is defined to allow regulated taking only to relieve population pressures. That is our allegation.” (Page 60 of transcript.)

Part 2
Many More Developments in the Argali Suit….

There have been many developments in the argali suit. In the same above hearing of the USF&WS’s Motion to Dismiss, which incidentally was denied by the judge on all counts, the judge was critical of the existing special regulations for issuance of argali import permits. We’ve never thought much of the special regulations for argali importation. This judge feels the same. At one point the judge said that “[t]he special rule is so complicated that it is very difficult to parse it.” At another time she said “this convoluted regulation... really is pretty incomprehensible...” Ironically, that is exactly what I argued to another federal judge to no avail in the first argali suit in 1993.

The court has issued an agreed upon Scheduling Order that should govern the timing of the course of the case from this point on. First, Conservation Force has filed a Motion to Dismiss and the Administrative Record was produced on May 24th. Plaintiff’s (Fund for Animals) Motion for Summary Judgment must be filed by June 24th. Defendants (Department of The Interior & USF&WS) must file their own Motion for Summary Judgment by August 2nd. The plaintiffs then have until September 6th to oppose defendants’ and interveners’ Motions for Summary Judgment and to reply in support of their own motion. Then, on October 1, defendants and the Interveners’ Replies in Support of their own Motions for Summary Judgment are due to the court. After that we await the decision of the judge.

We have also filed the brief in Mongolia’s appeal of the court’s denial of its motion to intervene. That was filed on the 14th of June and is expected to run its course by mid-fall. Obviously the issue is important if range nations are to be shown any diplomacy whatsoever.

Conservation Force has filed a Motion to Dismiss the antis’ argali suit on the basis that they don’t even have any presence or legitimate interest in Tajikistan, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan to have standing to bring a case. Our position is that the antis don’t have real interest, the permitting has not caused them any harm or injury and a favorable judgment would harm rather them help argali or the antis’ feigned interest. The motion is in behalf of Foundation For North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS), Grand Slam-Ovis, Conservation Force and others and is supported by sworn declarations and affidavits completed by Dennis Campbell of Grand Slam-Ovis, Ray Lee of FNAWS, Gretchen Stark of Safari Outfitters, Dr. James Teer and Dr. Bart O’Gara of Conservation Force’s Board of Directors and Raul Valdez. Never before have the antis filed a suit to prohibit the import of trophies from foreign nations with the consequential interruption of those nations’ programs. We are doing our very best to kick them out of court and keep them out. Regardless of the outcome, we are putting up a real fight. If we lose, WE will ALL really lose.

Part 3
USF&WS Withdraws Argali Proposal

The USF&WS has finally withdrawn its proposal to list the argali in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan as “endangered.” The proposal to uplist them from “threatened” to “endangered” was because of concern we were going to win the first argali suit in 1993. We have long considered it to have been abandoned after we decided not to continue with that suit. The antis have recently revived it in the new argali case (2001) by trying to get the court to force the USF&WS into uplisting it to “endangered.” Instead, the USF&WS has completed the review in a 31-page decision and retained the argali where it is. In effect, one of the antis’ claims has been lost. The antis have already served a 60-day notice on the USF&WS that they intend to sue for this withdrawal of the proposed rule. The withdrawn rule can be found at Volume 67 page 35,942 of the Federal Register; or you can contact Conservation Force at 504-837-1233; e-mail: jjw-no@att.net. Unlike many foreign species, the argali are better off today than when they were first listed.


Briefly Noted

Support Sought For TV Hunting Documentary: There is a growing need to improve the image and acceptance of hunters and hunting in the eyes of the general public. We must make an extraordinary effort to change the growing misperceptions of hunting held by urban Americans or we will become a marginalized minority at risk for our survival. One of Conservation Force’s tax exempt purposes as a foundation is to educate the public about such things. For nearly a year, we have been partnering in an effort to produce a premier television program in a strategy to address this challenging need. We have teamed with actors Rick Schroder, Jameson Parker and James Swan, Ph.D., to produce a TV program to reach the general public. Conservation Force is serving as the financial fiduciary of the production, and we are accepting dedicated tax-deductible donations.

The story of the hunt is one of the oldest and most basic human artforms, probably even older than the love story. Hunters continue to tell the stories of the hunt today, as they have done for thousands of years, but their audience is almost entirely other hunters. This makes hunting vulnerable.
The vast majority of people today do not get their hands dirty or bloody to put food on their table. They also have little or no knowledge or familiarity with hunting and its place in human evolution, culture and nature. The mystery shrouding hunting feeds fears and suspicions that may have little to do with the actual practice of the hunt. It is little wonder then that a recent US Fish and Wildlife Service study found that over half of those surveyed felt hunters were reckless, dangerous and prone to drinking when in the woods, even though the statistics prove a scant few hunters are “slobs.” As a result of the disparity in perspective between hunters and non-hunters, the future of hunting is in jeopardy, for hunters are a minority group and an active anti-hunting movement seeks to exploit false stereotypes of hunting to their advantage.

Educating the non-hunting public is essential to the survival of hunting. More than ever before, people form their opinions based on mass media. If hunters are going to be understood by non-hunters, they must take their story to mainstream television. Actors Rick Schroder (“NYPD Blue,” “Lonesome Dove”) and Jameson Parker (“Simon and Simon,” “One Life to Live”) have teamed with writer James Swan, Ph.D. (In Defense of Hunting, The Sacred Art of Hunting) to write and produce a two-hour documentary for television which chronicles the evolution of hunting from the earliest times up to the present in a form appropriate for mass audiences. The trio is currently in negotiations with the History Channel to air the show during a prime-time evening time slot. The History Channel has the second largest audience of any cable network, reaching 80 million homes in the US, as well as many millions more abroad.

With the assistance of an international advisory board, Schroder, Parker and Swan plan to film in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, as well as North and South America, to show the roots of hunting as it takes places in native cultures and probe the deeper roots of the hunt. These visits to Paleolithic hunting caves and archeological digs will serve as the foundation for tracing the history of hunting to the present.

The program will show how hunting is a major touchstone of art, literature, science and technology, as well as human nature and culture. It also will explore the religious traditions associated with hunting in many parts of the world, including the celebrations of St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunting, in Europe and North America. All this will lead up to the story of how modern hunters, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold, gave birth to conservation. And it will compare and contrast modern hunting customs around the world, as well as current wildlife management challenges as it seeks out the future of hunting in a world where for the first time in history, there is a vocal anti-hunting movement.

At each step of the way, well-respected scholars from appropriate fields will appear on camera, voicing their interpretations of hunting and its place in the human soul.

A program of this scope has never been produced or aired anyplace in the world. Parker, Schroder and Swan believe they can make it happen because they have more than 70 years of collective experience producing film and television programs for general audiences, and they have many connections with the mainstream Hollywood entertainment community. These contacts enable them to draw on some extraordinary resources for cinematography, special effects, narration, art, dramatic reenactment and music. A number of well-known actors, musicians and movie and television makers have already volunteered to help.

This project has received endorsements from nearly every major hunting organization in North America, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, US Sportsmen’s Alliance, North American Hunting Club, Pheasants Forever, Quail Unlimited, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, BC Wildlife Federation and the National Rifle Association. These groups and others have voiced their support for the project and offered to help advertise the show when it is aired. This will make for an audience in the millions, and enable the network to sell the advertising time that they need to justify airing the program.

Schroder, Parker and Swan are planning to have the highest production standards in this show, comparable to NOVA, Ken Burns specials, or David Attenborough’s nature documentaries. The budget for such a project is more than the normal budget for a documentary that appears on cable television, and so we are asking the hunting community for support.

Tax-deductible donations for this show, tentatively titled “Tracks and Footsteps: The History of the Hunt,” should be sent to: Conservation Force, One Lakeway Center, 3900 North Causeway Blvd. Suite 1045, Metairie, LA 70002-1746. On any donation, please mark it clearly for “Tracks and Footsteps.”

We have to market it as well as produce it for it to be a success. Anyone interested in buying advertising space during the show or who has questions concerning the details of the production should contact: Snow Goose Productions, PO Box 2460, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Tel. 415-383-5064. E-mail: sgsprod@attbi.com.

Cameroon Elephant Permits: We have completed the filing of the administrative appeal of the denial of the 1998 and 1999 elephant import permits. It was a very substantial undertaking. In the appeal we asked the Service to bring the permitting up to date for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 as well. We advise anyone who has taken an elephant in Cameroon that they have not yet imported to donate $500 to Conservation Force’s Cameroon Elephant Fund to prove “enhancement” that is required by USF&WS. That donation by itself is not assurance that the USF&WS will find “enhancement,” but the contribution and smart expenditure of those funds is a giant step in that direction.

Our appeal documentation proves that Cameroon has done far more for elephant than any other country in Central or West Africa. It is becoming the conservation meca of West and Central Africa. Nevertheless, the USF&WS has literally had a choke hold on its hunting-based elephant conservation program. It is time to free up the permitting choke hold as well as bring the permitting up to date. - John J. Jackson, III.


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


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
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