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Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted September 2011)
 
     The CITES Animals Committee met in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 18-22, 2011, and yours truly attended. There were at least six agenda items and actions of direct and immediate importance to the safari hunting industry:

• Two proposals were made concerning the status of the African lion. One was to review the African lion in the significant trade review process to see if its trade was excessive, and the second was a request by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) to urgently review the listing of the lion to determine if it is listed correctly or should be uplisted.

• Canada recommended that the mountain lion be reviewed for its listing status, and the USF&WS joined in to add the lion in the United States. The USF&WS reported that its review of the bobcat demonstrated it should be kept on Appendix II.

• Mexico reported, and the Committee accepted Mexico’s recommendation, that jaguar should be kept on Appendix I.

• The non-detriment finding for hippopotamus being exported from Cameroon, Ethiopia and Mozambique is to be reviewed in the significant trade review process.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are held every three years (175 country Parties). The two scientific committees meet annually. At this meeting there were more than 17 substantive items on the agenda, more than 200 participants and at least 12 intersessional working groups were agreed upon.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are I usually attend these intersessional meetings between the meetings of the Conference of the Parties, CoPs, as the representative of Conservation Force, which is an International NGO Observer, INGO. Of course, Conservation Force represents many other organizations, some of which are qualified observers themselves, such as IPHA, which is also an INGO and, in the past, CIC, which is an Intergovernmental Observer, IGO. At this meeting CIC was represented by the immediate Past Secretariat General of CITES, retired Willem Wijnstekers. That is good news in itself. CIC’s prestigious new representative has just authored the 7th Edition of The Evolution of CITES, which is the Bible of the Convention if there is one. The latest edition was published by the CIC. Following is my report on developments at the Animals Commitee meeting that are of concern to hunters and our industry:

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are African Lion Averts Double Reviews: The USF&WS “recommended that the Committee add Panthera leo (African lion) as a high priority for review, to be conducted before the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.” Kenya positioned itself to conduct the periodic listing review before arrival at the meeting, and the antis, Species Survival Network (SSN), mail campaigned for Kenya before the meeting started. The moment the recommendation was orally introduced by the USF&WS, Kenya volunteered to conduct the review. The new Chairman of the Committee responded “excellent” without a pause. Tanzania and most of the southern African countries were not in attendance, so there was little that could be done by NGOs. South Africa’s representatives did intervene and insist that all lion range states be allowed to participate in the review of the lion’s listing. Namibia then intervened, offered, and was accepted as the co-chair of the review group. That is the best that could be done.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are The “periodic review” of the listing status of a species is to ensure it is properly listed. In the case of the African lion it certainly will not lead to it being de-listed from Appendix II as all wild cats of the world are on Appendix II. The review will either show that it should remain on Appendix II or lead to a Committee recommendation and ultimate proposal to uplist African lion to Appendix I. This will be yet another country-by-country review of the status of the African lion, but this one under the auspices of Kenya. Who trusts Kenya? It is not clear what the USF&WS was thinking, but it is clear what the SSN intends to get from its mail campaign that Kenya head the review: an uplisting to Appendix I. A lot of time and energy will have to be put into production of reports on a nation-by-nation basis. Philippe Chardonnet of IGF and Conservation Force will no doubt play a leading role if Kenya permits. Even though it is more work and expense, we are much better prepared than a few years ago due to the regional workshops, surveys and growing number of national management plans. In fact, this is our opportunity to show all the work we have been doing. The wildcard is whether Namibia’s co-chairmanship can provide true balance.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are The African lion was also on the list of species for possible review of its trade as being significant and warranting a demonstration from all exporting countries that their trade was not excessive. Perhaps because lion was to be reviewed in the Periodic Review process, the lion was not added to the significant trade review process and will not be reviewed. It may have been abusive to subject the range countries to both a significant trade review process and periodic review of the lion’s listing at the same time. There was some dispute behind closed doors whether both a significant trade review and a periodic review of the listing could be conducted at the same time. We kept circulating a longstanding Resolution that concurrent reviews were not appropriate, but there were different interpretations. The antis were satisfied with a periodic review to be conducted and reported by Kenya, so they let slide the suggestion that the sustainability of lion trade needed to be reviewed as excessive in addition to the listing status.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are Periodic Review of Mountain Lion/Puma Listing: Canada volunteered to conduct the listing status of cougar, and the United States “agreed to contribute to this review as a range state of the species (Puma concolor cougar and Puma concolor coryi).” Some cougar are on Appendix I and others are on Appendix II. Canada’s are on Appendix I, so a downlisting would facilitate trade in that subspecies population with importing countries around the world.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are The range of puma/mountain lion extends from Alaska (rare) south to Chile. It has the largest geographic range of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. It was eradicated east of the Rocky Mountains, but in the western United States the population recovered and its range has extended. It has increased in western states and dispersed as far as the Midwest. The USF&WS listed the Eastern Cougar as Endangered in 1973 but in March of this year completed a five-year review that confirmed the East’s mountain lions to officially be extinct. That status review can be downloaded from http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ECougar. The IUCN treats the remaining puma/cougar as of “Least Concern.”

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are Bobcat Maintained as Listed on Appendix II: The USF&WS reported on its completed review of the listing of the bobcat. The Committee accepted the USF&WS report that the Periodic Review of the listing demonstrated that the bobcat should be maintained on Appendix II as a look-alike species. Though the research demonstrated the biological status was secure, it resembles an endangered lynx in Europe, i.e. a lookalike. That is the end of the effort of the States, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and cooperating USF&WS to downlist America’s bobcat at this point in time. The US proposal to de-list the bobcat over the past few Conferences has failed due to opposition from Mexico and the European Union. Over time, the bureaucratic CITES paperwork from the listing costs American sportsmen who fund the state wildlife and fisheries departments many millions of dollars.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are Jaguar Maintained as Listed: Mexico’s report on the Periodic Review of the listing of all jaguar concluding that the jaguar should remain on Appendix I was accepted by the Committee. Uruguay intervened in disagreement with Mexico’s reported conclusion that jaguar were currently threatened by hunting for the fur trade. Uruguay pointed out that conflict with cattle farming was the threat today to jaguar, and the sale of fur was secondary. Nonetheless, the Committee accepted the report as presented.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are Cameroon and Mozambique Hippo Trade of “Possible Concern”: The Committee accepted the recommendation of the Significant Trade Working Group that Cameroon and Mozambique’s hippo exports were of “possible concern” because of the level of trade and unknown status of hippo in those countries. What this means is the Secretariat of CITES will mail a questionnaire to those countries to justify their non-detriment findings for their trade and which must be answered within 90 days. This is the significant trade review process for Appendix II species, SIG. If the countries are not responsive, the suspension of trade will follow in due course. It is advisable for safari hunting interests in those two countries to see that their government authorities respond and to provide what assistance they can. The level of trade must be demonstrated to be sustainable since it has been selected for review.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are Other Matters of Interest: In the North American Regional Report, the USF&WS reported enhancing its “CITES enforcement capacity by hiring 23 new criminal investigators, expanding the ranks of its inspector workforce from 124 to 140 and training all new US Customs/Agriculture inspectors on CITES import/export requirements. (Read that as US requirements.)

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are The US also reported on its International Technical Resistance Program (ITRP). That is the program in which HSUS is provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of USAID and other funds to parade around the world with and in association with the USF&WS as an expert in an array of subjects, including “alternatives” to use, trade, and how to set sustainable quotas/make non-detriment findings for trade. Conservation Force uncovered this USF&WS collaboration with HSUS through recent Freedom of Information Act requests.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are On the more positive side, Canada reported it is “actively participating in the development of a range-wide action plan for polar bears with the polar bear range state countries (US, Russia, Greenland and Norway).” As an aside, this will bring us one step closer to importing polar bear trophies from select populations in the future under the “enhancement” section of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Readers will recall that Conservation Force has filed enhancement permits, and the USF&WS denied them, citing the need for a recovery or action plan. That is in litigation. Canada took note and is developing such a plan. Conservation Force served on several of the Working Groups. One of those new working groups that will conduct its business intersessionally is the Capacity-Building Program for science-based quota setting. We will see what added value we can contribute. All of our work is not defensive and remedial.

     The Animals Committee is one of the two technical, scientific advisory committees of CITES. The other is the Plants Committee. They meet between the CoPs, which are A special thanks goes to those organizations that help provide support for Conservation Force’s professional volunteers to participate in CITES including IPHA, PHASA, GOABC, DSC, HSC, WSF, GS/OVIS, Shikar Safari Club International Foundation, and the African Safari Club of Florida. Pope & Young has just joined that list of supporters for the 2011-12 period.


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


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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