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Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted May 2003)
 
Conservation News Briefs

Another View of CITES COP12: The Spring issue of Earth Island Journal is an eye-opener. In an article entitled "Victory in Santiago! Endangered species win big at CITES," "investigative environmental journalist" Craig Van Note tells it all. The article might also be entitled, "Whatever happened to Susan?" That is, Susan Lieberman who headed the Humane Society of the United States’(HSUS’s) CITES efforts, then became the Director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Division of Scientific Authority and was last heard to be employed by the World Wide Fund for Nature in London.

The Earth Island Journal is the publication of the Earth Island Institute, which filed the current Argali suit, along with the Fund for Animals and HSUS. It has long supported the listing of all Argali sheep as endangered and opposed the importation of Argali hunting trophies. Those of us who spend months of time every year trying to keep CITES on track monitor such publications.

The article states that: "The remarkable victories in wildlife conservation were largely the result of years of hard work - and intense lobbying at the (12th CITES Conference of the Parties) meeting – by a potent global coalition of environmental and animal welfare groups, the Species Survival Network (SSN), and by new, progressive leadership by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). SSN, whose 65 member organizations from 26 countries include The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Environmental Investigation Agency, Born Free Foundation and the UK’s Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has become the leading advocate for wildlife and habitat protection in the world.…

"Perhaps most striking in the conservation arena has been the transformation of WWF International from an obstructionist organization into a progressive leader.… The dramatic change at WWF has been led by Dr. Susan Lieberman, an American biologist, who took over WWF International’s wildlife program two years ago. Using her years of experience in the environmental community and as administrator of CITES issues in the US government, she has put WWF at the front in many battles to protect wildlife from the depredations of trade.

"Scores of SSN and WWF activists from dozens of countries lobbied side-by-side at the CITES meeting to win wildlife protections and to defeat pro-exploitation proposals….."

That says it all and confirms our musing during the Conference when we witnessed the listing of mahogany, basking sharks, whale sharks and 38 seahorse species after years of failed attempts. These listings are feared by some to herald a whole new era of controls over the timber and fishing industries. Nevertheless, the recognition that WWF International and the SSN are working side-by-side for "conservation" may backfire. Is WWF International collaborating with an organization (SSN) that is too radical for it to join? Thank you Earth Island Journal for the heads-up.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Overreaction: Chronic Wasting Disease ("CWD") has been sensationalized. Really. It is a classic case of hunters overreacting. Some organizations have printed and circulated millions of information leaflets further confirming that there is so much smoke that there must be a fire.

Here at Conservation Force we have labored hundreds of hours monitoring developments and attending meetings on CWD. The ridiculousness of it all dawned on me the other day when my wife and I took an early morning hike in our suburban neighborhood for exercise. As James Audubon noticed long ago, there are birds everywhere in Louisiana this time of the year. They are numbered in the zillions, flying, fighting, fussing, and flirting. They are strung out on every fence top and every electric power line. At times, the noise level can give you a headache. They are everywhere. On top of that, every suburban nature lover (wildlife watcher) has not one, but several, bird feeders. Bird feed is big business in suburbia and the house cats could not be happier. Every organization from the National Wildlife Federation to HSUS has backyard "how-to" programs of some sort effectively homing the birds into backyards.

The trouble is these birds are KILLERS! They threaten my family and every one I know. They are vectors of the Nile virus. It is a form of encephalitis that infected 309 people and killed 24 in Louisiana alone last year!

The neighborhood seems undisturbed. No one has stopped the bird feeding, much less raved that bird feeding spreads the virus by concentrating the birds. No one is claiming that there are too many birds. No one is raising funds to kill all the birds to isolate the virus or reduce its abundance.

The Nile virus causes fatal swelling of the brain and spinal cord, or both. There is no treatment, though most people survive it. It was first detected only in 1999. Last year, it infected 4,161 people and killed 227 in the United States. It is in my backyard. When I paid attention, I observed 14 dead birds in three days! If my family and I survive all the infected birds and mosquito-born virus in my own backyard and neighborhood, I will no longer be anxious about the unlikely and unheard possibility of contracting CWD from deer or elk.

CWD is simply not a comparable threat. It does not rank at all. When you really have something to worry about, it stops you from worrying about "nothings." For more information about CWD, visit: USGS National Wildlife Health Center http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov; and http://www.cwd-info.org.

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Confinement of Wild Ungulates Within High Fences: The Wildlife Society (TWS) has issued a "Final Position Statement" on high fencing of wild hoofed mammals. The Wildlife Society is the foremost association of professional wildlife biologists and managers. This has been developing for some time. The society recognizes that high (avg. 2.4 meters) fences are used to improve the management of the contained animals and their habitat, but that there are a number of issues and controversy arising from the practice. The following is the policy TWS has finally adopted:

"The use of high fences to confine ungulates may have specific and legitimate uses in wildlife management research, but it also carries the potential for significant adverse impacts. The policy of The Wildlife Society with respect to ungulate confinement is to:

1. Oppose further conversion of the public’s native wildlife to private ownership.

2. Oppose high-fenced enclosures, regardless of size, if they exclude free-ranging native wildlife from critical seasonal habitats or migration routes.

3. Support regulations and enforcement to prevent escapes and facilitate recovery in the event of an escape.

4. Support state wildlife agencies as the primary regulatory authority over native North American ungulates, including those confined by high fences. State wildlife agencies should work cooperatively with other state and federal agricultural, wildlife and health agencies, as well as hunting groups, conservation organizations, private landowners and managers to prevent problems such as disease transmission and genetic exchange among native wildlife and exotic species.

5. Encourage anyone using a high fence to confine ungulates to thoroughly analyze and understand potential effects and commit to minimizing risks to native species. This requires a well coordinated effort of state and federal agencies, hunting groups, conservation organizations, private landowners and managers.

6. For all ungulates confined by high fences, encourage management at or below natural carrying capacity in a manner that prevents inbreeding, diseases, habitat degradation and effects on non-target species.

7. Encourage authorized agencies to collaborate with interested parties on funding and development of systems for detecting and monitoring wildlife diseases within enclosed and free-ranging native and exotic ungulate populations.

8. Support a moratorium on the construction of high-fenced facilities and any shipment of live cervids until live animal diagnostic tests are available for detecting and monitoring important infectious diseases.

9. Oppose the use of funds generated from traditional sources (recreational licenses, tags and other fees) for confined-ungulate inspections and regulatory programs…."

We just wish TWS had emphasized that the purpose of containment is to protect the hoofed animals and the investment in them.

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Conservation Forum: Director Steve Williams convened the USF&WS’s first Conservation Forum. It was held at the USF&WS’s National Conservation Training Center in late February. Thirty-four conservation groups whose missions occupy the mainstream of the sporting world interests, including Conservation Force, joined together for the meeting. The purpose was to partner with and mobilize the capabilities of the traditional hunting and fishing conservation groups on projects of mutual interest. Director Williams said it was to "discuss opportunities to form new partnerships and to reaffirm others."

The five main topics were hunter and angler access and participation; habitat and land management; science in resource management; communication and cooperation and policy and conservation leadership. The action plans are still being drafted but promise to revitalize cooperation between the service and America’s traditional conservation organizations.

The forum focused solely on domestic issues, not the international arena. The gap between sportsmen and the service on international matters has yet to be addressed. We are waiting. Frequently, test permits are treated as a "low priority," or not processed at all. At best, there is a lethargy or indifference toward range nations’ programs and toward issuance of permits for new game species or destinations. At worse, there are ex-employees out there, such as Ron Nowak in the Argali Suit with a history of trying to list all Argali, all elephant and other species. It is time for a change of protocol and for a greater collaborative effort in support of foreign programs that should be encouraged. There are still diplomatic protests by range nations from years back that remain unaddressed.

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Black Bear Management In North America: We have discovered another great source of black bear status information. The Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch of the Manitoba Conservation Agency is amassing the material. It is creating a perpetually updated web site for it. Hank Hristienko has become one of the most knowledgeable authorities and is responsible for the development of the material by the agency.

Hank’s population estimate confirms that black bear in North America are increasing. From the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s the overall population increase has been 21 percent. During that period, the bruin have increased in number from 625,000 - 770,425; to 766,735 - 913,700. He is in the process of updating his population information and feels that the number is in the one million range now.

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Your Chance to Comment on Cormorants: Every fisherman and waterfowl hunter is familiar with the double-crested cormorant. It is a bird long protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Too protected for too long.

The USF&W has proposed a range-wide strategy to allow the management, including shooting, of double-crested cormorant birds. The proposal would allow greater state participation in the management determinations because of the need for local decision making due to the increasing cormorant population. Comments will be accepted through May 16, 2003 and should be addressed to Division of Migratory Bird Management, USF&WS, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Mail Stop MBSP-4107, Arlington, Virginia 22203; or E-mailed to comorants@fws.gov; or faxed to 703-358-2272. The proposal can be viewed at 68 FR 12653, March 17, 2003; or call Conservation Force for a copy.

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North America’s Hunting Heritage - The Governor’s Symposia: The dates for this important symposium have been set for December 3 - 6, 2003 in Houston, Texas. The goals are to celebrate the history of hunters as conservationists, communicate the richness of this heritage to hunters and non-hunters alike, respond to concerns about hunting, examine current issues, foster new ideas about the future of hunting and create an atmosphere of cooperation among the hunting community.

There are three specific objectives: 1) Improve the public image of hunting; 2) Increase cooperation and networking among the hunting community; and 3) Support science-based wildlife management by strengthening the relationship between professionals and the hunting constituency.

No active hunting advocate can afford to miss it. Even knowing what does not work is good information. We will be there. For additional information visit the web site http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/hunt/heritage. – John J. Jackson, III.


 A Special Tribute To Gunbearers

I told you about the tremendous fund-raiser held for the Cullman & Hurt Community Wildlife Project in the Ackley Room of the American Museum of Natural History in an earlier bulletin. What I didn’t tell you was, two volumes of Hunting The Big Five by Robin Hurt were sold at silent auction during that event, with the funds earmarked for a very special purpose – namely gunbearers. Each volume sold for $6,000. One was bought by Ron Mannix of Canada, and the other by Carol Rathjen of Texas. All proceeds were earmarked for truly "unsung heroes." The following letter was nicely framed for display next to the books that were sold. It is now on the wall in the Conservation Force library, where it is to be treasured.

The Safari World of Robin Hurt Ltd

THE GUNBEARERS
THE UNSUNG HEROES OF AFRICAN SAFARIS

This season will have been my 40th consecutive year as a Professional Hunter in Africa. This amounts to some 10,000 safari days hunting dangerous animals with my clients. This time in the bush was challenging, sometimes dangerous and always exciting. Without the noble companionship and support of my African trackers, this extended time in Africa’s wilderness would not have been the same experience.

The Gunbearers are like a Sergeant Major in the Army, supporting a Commissioned Officer. The gunbearer is the backbone of the safari. On his shoulders rests the responsibility for spotting game and fresh tracks and following up and tracking wounded dangerous game. Most of all, for just simply being there when the Professional Hunter needs sound advice! It has been my privilege to know many of these outstanding men, from various African tribes. In particular, the ones who come to mind and who were close and loyal companions and friends include:

Labosso arap Sura

Nandi tribe

Tinea Paramois ole Kerito

Masai tribe (Ndorobo)

Joseph Sitiene

Nandi tribe

Diwani Guyu

Waliungulu tribe (wata)

Changalo Guyu

Waliungulu tribe (wata)

Tallo Simba

Turkana tribe

Alfayo Kabiti

Msukuma tribe

Ngumbo Bashora Neko

Waliungulu tribe (wata)

Abakuna Gamundi

Waliungulu tribe (wata)

Mutua Nzenge

Mkamba tribe

Mutua was killed by Somali poachers at Mutua in Kenya; and Abakuna Gamundi suffered a similar fate when shifta bandits/poachers forced him to swallow poison, when he refused to tell them the whereabouts of elephant. These were brave men, whose love for wildlife eventually led to their death, not from the animals they loved to hunt, but from other humans bent on wildlife destruction. Changalo Guyu also died after a long illness, last year in Kenya. The others are still living, but in most cases are now too old to work, or are unable to work because of political barriers between African countries.

It is the living, unsung heroes who I wish to support with this book and to this end I have included their photographs and asked each to script an original drawing of a hunting scene as they see it. The results are impressive when you realize that most of these trackers have never had an education. Some cannot even sign their names. They have nothing to support them in their old age except for their memories of hunting the Big Five. Maybe, in a small way this book can change that.

You, the gunbearers of east Africa, I salute you as being the bravest of the brave and gentlemen of the utmost integrity. Too long have you been the unsung heroes. - Robin Hurt, Nairobi, Kenya, October 2002.


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: http://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
November DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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