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Update On The Argali Case

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

The anti-hunters Motion for Reconsideration in the Argali Case has been briefed by all parties and awaits the trial court’s decision. The antis’ case was dismissed on the basis that they do not have standing because the judgment they prayed for would not redress their alleged injury, i.e., a prohibition against trophy importation would neither stop the hunting in a foreign land or benefit the species. The U.S. attorney responded to the Motion for Reconsideration to make it clear that they fully agreed with the court’s decision dismissing the case, even though the Secretary of Interior and Director of Wildlife had not filed the motions challenging the standing of those that brought the suit. This was timely because the antis have since argued in their request for reconsideration that the government must not have agreed with the intervenors and the court that the anti-hunters did not have standing.

The antis argue that had the government agreed, the government itself would have filed its own motion challenging the standing of those that brought the suit.

Conservation Force filed an opposition to the Motion for Reconsideration. We cited the sworn statements from the record that we built that supported the Court’s decision. Conservation Force had literally loaded the record with affidavits from irrefutable authorities. Part of our response follows so that the hunting community can better understand the precedent that is being set and credit those individuals and organizations that contributed to its success.

"Their opinion that the argali in the three countries would be better off if imports were stopped...is self-serving speculation and wholly untrue.... To the contrary, all nine of FNAWS’ sworn declarations contradict Plaintiffs’ speculation. See below. The foremost authorities in the world have sworn the opposite of Plaintiffs’ speculations. Raymond Lee is the President of the foremost wild sheep conservation organizationm in the history of the world. That cannot be disputed and has not been. As the President of FNAWS, he has sworn that, "[a] judgment favoring the plaintiffs will not redress their alleged interest. It would adversely impact argali." Sworn Declaration No. 9, FNAWS, et al. Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. That is it in a nutshell.

The President of FNAWS has sworn that FNAWS itself will not have the means or the incentive to any longer invest in Argali conservation if Plaintiffs succeed. "FNAWS has funded over 35,000,000 in wildlife enhancement projects. Its own revenue to do that comes from and is dependent upon the permitting that Plaintiffs want stopped." In his sworn declaration President Lee further stated that:

Declaration Number 1

"The revenue received from these advertisements, booth rentals, raffles and auctions of the Asian permits allows FNAWS to fund wild sheep programs throughout the world. In 2002, FNAWS funded over 2,000,000 in wild sheep projects…. If hunting programs in Asia are eliminated, the funding available for these wildlife conservation programs would also be eliminated. FNAWS funding has been used for surveys, research, anti-poaching programs, habitat improvements, management infrastructure, planning efforts, and workshops. FNAWS has a long history of supporting wildlife management efforts in developing countries. We have found that when hunting and hunting revenue is restricted, wildlife populations decline. However, when hunting, and the hunt-related jobs for locals are promoted, wildlife populations grow. It has been our experience that with proper management, regulated hunting has been a boon to both wildlife and to local communities….. When hunting is eliminated, the lack of revenue for scientific management dooms wildlife to a downward spiral from huntable, to threatened to endangered. We encourage you not to take this proven pathway to defeat. The revenue from U.S. hunting interest is both indispensable and irreplaceable.

FNAWS is an intervenor-defendant in the above captioned suit because a judgment favorable to plaintiffs would all but eliminate the existing conservation programs for argali in the three countries in issue. It would eliminate the source of the conservation funding generated within FNAWS for such purposes….. Throughout its 25-year history FNAWS has been active in conservation efforts for Argali sheep. FNAWS has returned revenue derived from the Convention auction of Argali hunting permits to Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan for conservation efforts. In 1993, 1994, and 1995, FNAWS assisted the Mongolian Government to develop expertise needed to design on-the-ground management plans, including population survey programs. This year, local communities benefited economically from the sale of a special Mongolia Minister’s Altay Argali permit, a strong deterrent to would-be poachers. FNAWS has been active internationally for years. This international involvement set the stage for FNAWS to intervene in a lawsuit brought against the US Fish and Wildlife Service by a number of animal rights organizations. The suit intends to stop the only existing funding program that is essential to the continued survival and propagation of Argali sheep. Animal rights organizations persist in obstructing wildlife conservation funding programs and hunter’s rights worldwide….This is a sworn statement that FNAWS cannot and will not fund the conservation anymore if the Plaintiffs succeed. It also characterizes the Plaintiffs as anti-hunters, not conservation organizations. The record is replete with evidence that Plaintiffs’ real motive is to stop hunting. That evidence is also uncontradicted. According to the Fund for Animals own literature: The Fund for Animals became known nationwide as a leading opponent of sport hunting…. While many wildlife advocacy organizations are primarily concerned with endangered species, The Fund for animals believes that every individual wild animal deserves protection from… death - whether that animal’s species is endangered or thriving….The Fund for Animals is unilaterally opposed to the recreational killing of wildlife. (Fund for Animals literature in Sworn Declaration No. 7 attachments, FNAWS, et al. Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. Ditto the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which states that its goal is "to eradicate hunting whenever and wherever we can." (Sworn Declaration No. 7 attachments, supra.) The pretense that the Plaintiffs want hunting to conserve more Argali is not a forthright representation to this Court."

Virtually all of Defendant-Intervenors/FNAWS’ Sworn Declarations are to the same indisputable effect. If the revenue is cut off, both the incentive and means would be less, not more. If the bar is raised too high, it is a disincentive to those that must pay, which is what the Plaintiffs really want! This is confirmed by each of Intervenors – FNAWS, et al.’s sworn declarations.

"If importation into the U.S. was stopped, I believe many Americans will still hunt there….However, what will happen is that the market price will fall, thereby reducing conservation revenues. (Not increase as Plaintiffs speculate)."

Declaration No. 2

Gretchen Stark, who "opened sport hunting in Mongolia 47 years ago" stated that:"If argali are completely protected from international hunters (listed as endangered), they will no longer have value in the eyes of herdsmen….If these argali are forbidden to foreign hunters, there will be no reason for Kyrgyzstan not to allow herders to graze domestic sheep on argali winter range…. Listing can only result in serious damage to argali populations, as it already has in China (where they are listed as endangered.) The plaintiffs’ suit will not benefit their alleged interest.

Declaration No. 3

Dr. Bart O’Gara, FNAWS Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment:

"At hunters’ conventions, the auction of argali hunts for the benefit of the three countries mentioned above would not exist but for the importations of those argali trophies….(The Plaintiff’ motion for reconsideration does not address this loss of means for the three countries to carry out conservation). If U.S. hunters are prevented from importing argali sheep… then the funds for argali conservation in those countries will be significantly reversed and practically eliminated… should the plaintiffs be successful in this suit, our organization’s argali conservation effort in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will lose funding and be discontinued….Many of the argali would still be taken by others…without the U.S.-generated conservation revenue for argali… if the plaintiffs prevail, the opposite of what they are seeking will occur. The suit will not advance their alleged interest."

Declaration No. 4

Dennis Campbell, President of Grand Slam Club/OVIS:"[F]unds generated by the hunting industry are important in controlling poaching, predation, habitat loss, other forms of human intervention, and in monitoring wildlife numbers and its welfare…..Without the provision for financial support by hunters, we can expect argali numbers to decline in the republics of Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This is the prospect if import of hunting trophies by U.S. hunters is stopped by the plaintiffs in the pending suit."

Declaration No. 5

Dr. James Teer, Past President of the Wildlife Society and Retired Chairman of Texas A&M Wildlife Management Department:

"Populations of argali wild sheep in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be deleteriously impacted if hunting of wild sheep is prohibited…. They lack the monetary means to correct socioeconomic conditions, and wildlife conservation is one of their lowest priorities. Wildlife conservation programs are supported only if wildlife enterprises are able to generate funds to support… programs…(The chicken comes before the egg.) Government economists view rangelands as best suited for producing livestock…. In many cases, wild ungulates are viewed as being competitive with livestock and no effort is made to ensure sustainable populations of wildlife…. [T]he curtailment of argali hunting will be a great detriment to sustainable wildlife programs… because government agencies will not be able to justify support for wildlife programs if wildlife has no value."

Declaration No. 6

Dr. Raul Valdez who literally wrote the book:

"The programs needed are sheep surveys, predator control, expanding habitat, and most important of all in my opinion, game wardens of high quality to control any type of poaching. I myself have funded one argali population survey and another soon to occur with money from U.S. hunters. This would not be possible but for U.S. hunters being able to import their trophies….None of this can happen without the capital the U.S. sporthunter brings to the country…. I will also state that the demand for Argali hunting will continue to grow regardless of any U.S. denial of import permits. The difference is that the American sporthunters are the ones who further the argali conservation in the proper way. If U.S. import permits are denied U.S. hunters, the harvest would be the same, or more, as European hunters would still be hunting and the poaching would continue and eventually grow more prevalent because of the reduction of the conservation revenue of U.S. hunters. There are also some U.S. hunters who would go if only to harvest a particular species, even if they could not take the trophy home. It is a fact that the countries that have these type trophies have set their quotas low so the herd population would not be in any immediate or future danger. Without conservation groups such as FNAWS, ISHA, OVIS and SCI spearheading and taking the opportunity to help with such programs not only in Central Asia but all over the world, there would be no sheep to hunt today or in the future…..To take away the U.S. sporthunter from the world of the Marco Polo Sheep based on the premise that those animals are endangered would be, to say the least, a punishment to the animals and the countries who harbor them. It will not spare the argali from being taken. U.S. trophy import permit denial would harm the perpetuation and recovery of argali…. Marco Polo Sheep are not endangered in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan or Mongolia because of the conservation revenue and incentives derived from regulated hunting. That renewable resource is being replenished yearly. Withstanding an all-out war, those sheep will multiply and divide into numbers that would stagger the imagination because of their high rate of reproduction. If you keep the U.S. Sport Hunters coming and keep the revenue coming so the programs can continue without problems, you will have sheep forever in those countries you are debating about. If the plaintiffs prevail, the opposite will occur…. If you bar the import of these sheep to the United States you will take away the capital that it takes to run those programs.

Declaration No. 7

Booking Agent, Harv Hollek:

"If imports of argali are not allowed… the respective countries’ hunting quotas will be taken anyway by other hunters, though the price will decrease, as will the important conservation revenue almost wholly derived from U.S. hunters and their conservation organizations…. A U.S. court cannot stop the hunting because the hunting quota will be filled by others, but it can obstruct the conservation program of the three nations. It would eliminate indispensable and irreplaceable conservation revenue for argali from U.S. sources…. the quota would remain the same, however, the conservation revenue would decrease. With less revenue the big loser would be the sheep programs…. If the importation of Argali is stopped, these programs will also stop… the loser will be the sheep.

Declaration No. 8

Booking Agent/Outfitter, Pat Frederick:

"The sources of most of the funds for Argali are the hunters, brokers and hunters’ conservation organizations in the USA. The denial of permits acts as a disincentive to those three contributors, as well as reduces the market price and revenue of the managing foreign governments."

Please continue your support of Conservation Force through the appeal – John J. Jackson, III.

 

 



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


Conservation Force 2013
2013
January US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding on ESA Listing for African Lion
February Why Hunt Wild Cats: Arguments Previously Made By USFWS and African Nations
March World Conservation Force Bulletin Enters Its 18th Year
March Mozambique and Cameroon Hippo Trade Suspended by CITES
March Final Findings of National Survey Reports A Record Number of Big Game Hunters
March 2012 Zambia Elephant Trophy Imports Approved
March On Receiving The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
April A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community
April What Was Truly at Stake with the Polar Bear Proposal
May USFWS Grants First Black Rhino Import Permit
May Evaluating Namibia’s Rhino Program
May Rhino Populations Grow Despite Poaching
June CIC General Assembly Adopts Recommendations for African Lion and White Rhino
June Double Quotas Not Yet Resolved in USA
June Equal Allocation of New Mexico Nonresident Licenses for Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oryx and Ibex Challenged Again
June Wood Bison Cases Still in Court
June Black Rhino Public Education
July USFWS Denies Petitions to Remove Private, Captive Populations of Species from ESA: Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle and Addax Denied
July Polar Bear Litigation Developments
July Finally, All Gray Wolves Proposed for Removal from ESA
July Status of the Petition to List the Lion as Endangered: African Lion Workshop
August Court Turns Deaf Ear to Polar Bear Enhancement Permit Applicants for Gulf of Boothia
August Newly Published Monograph on Hunting & Conservation
August Family Hunts Under One License are Illegal
August Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV
September Downlisting of Straight-Horned Markhor Delayed; USFWS to Issue Revised Proposed Rule to Reclassify Species Under ESA
September New Trophy Seizure Issues Arise
September New Mexico Nonresident Terk Case Revving Up
September Polar Bear Listing Now Before US Supreme Court
October US Fish & Wildlife Lists White Rhino as Threatened
October Two Articles on Black Rhino Trophy Imports
October Defense of Terk Decision Needs Support
October Two Colorado State Senators Recalled for Passage of Firearms Restrictions
October Cheetah Numbers Increasing
November US Supreme Court Denies Polar Bear Writ
November Court Should Hold Feds Accountable for Questionable ESA Listing
November Succession and Development: “What will We Do When You are Gone?
November Black Rhino Auction: A Dream Come True
December Unintended Consequences May Arise from Presidential Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
December The Crush: Whose Ivory was Destroyed and Will It Truly Curtail Poaching?
December Climate Change Used to Reopen Wolverine Listing Proposal
December Conservation Force Wins FOIA Suit for Records Revealing Why USFWS Stalled Markhor Downlisting
December Suit Threatens Three Amigos Permitting Process; Conservation Force and Allied Organizations to Intervene


Conservation Force 2012
2012
January HSUS Threatens Conservation Force’s Asian Projects and Partners
January Markhor III Suit Filed to Compel 12-Month Downlisting Finding
January Serious Irregularities in Administrative Records and Scientific Findings
January Can You Offer for Sale or Sell an “Endangered” Listed Species Without a Permit?
February Conservation Force Partners with SAVE Valley Conservancy
February New Mexico Further Restricts Nonresident Hunting
February An Open Letter to Ranchers and Hunters of ESA Listed Exotics in The US
March Trophy Seizure Threat Reaches New High; USFWS Conduct Reaches New Low
March Some Court Success in Seizure Cases
March New Study Quantifies the Importance of Lion Hunting
March Onsite Report: The Etosha Meeting of African Lion Working Group
March Conservation Force Legal Action Update
April USF&WS Proposes New CITES Regulations
April Update on Three Amigos: Dama Gazelle, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx
April CF Board Members Selected To Important IUCN Posts
April Help Needed For Conservation Force Intern Program
May Wood Bison II Litigation Successfully Concluded: Court Overturns USFWS Enhancement Permit Denials
May Markhor III Suit Settled
June Dr. James Teer, Founding Member of Conservation Force, Dies
June Canadian Wood Bison Downlisted! Trophies Now Importable
July National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress in Canada
July Hunting for an Acceptable Image: Building Public Acceptance for Sustainable Use of Wildlife
July USFWS Considering Positions for CITES CoP16
July Antis Again Challenge “Trophy” Definition
August Promising Polar Bear Developments: Scientists Stand Corrected
August Last Brief in Markhor I Suit Filed
August Power Outages – Shortfalls
September Success! USFWS Proposes the Downlisting & Importation of Torghar Markhor Without an ESA Import Permit
October The National Survey Shows Increase in Hunters and Big Game Hunting
October South Africa’s Protected Area Act of 2003 Hurts Wildlife & Habitats
October CIC President Bernard Lozé: “Banning Lion Hunting Endangers The Survival of Lions in the Wild!”
October Update on Our Freedom of Information Act Suits
November CITES CoP16 Proposals Published: White Rhino, Polar Bear, Elephant, Pyrenean Chamois, Leopard Permits
November Remarks of Deborah Lyons, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Inuit Delegation - Polar Bear Reception at Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012
November 3 Amigos: USFWS Makes 90-Day Finding to Review Downlisting Those Species in USA
November PH Stu Taylor Recovery Fund Established
December Worked Elephant Ivory Tusks Not Importable: US Court Holds Import Violated Four Laws and Orders Forfeiture of Zimbabwe Elephant Tusk
December Waning Status of Hunting-Based Conservation in Botswana: Latest Developments
December Bill Poole Enshrined Into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame


Conservation Force 2011
2011
January Court Rules No Fees Due in Permit Cases
January Delays & Revelations In Wood Bison Suit
February A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What
February Billy Ray Parnell Purple Heart Program
March Wood Bison Initiative Enters Final Stage
March Lead Issue Taken to Court
March Both Markhor Cases Moving Forward
March Zambia Initiative Success
April Africa: Antis Petition Listing Of African Lion on ESA
April Success in Iran
April Scientists Recant Tipping Point Theory That Doomed the Polar Bear
April Plains Bison Listing Petition Denials
April The Osprey Filming Company
May Special Coverage On Polar Bear: Sustainable Use On Trial
June Special Coverage On Elephant Imports: Challenging The USFWS Definition of “Trophy”
July USFWS Makes Positive Markhor Finding
July New Eruption Atop Mountain of Seizures
July USFWS Enforces Validation Requirement On CITES Permits
July Pakistan Export Permits Don’t Have a Validation Section
August US District Court Denies All Challenges to Listing the Polar Bear as “Threatened”
August Permit Exclusions Eliminated for “The Three Amigos”
September Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee
September Abusive Use of Polar Bear Drowning Misinformation
September Cheetah Import Permits Denied Again
October Special Coverage: Getting To The Root Of The Trophy Seizure Crisis – The History and Genesis Of The Problem
November District Court Denies Relief In Zambia
and Mozambique Elephant Import Suits
December Success! Zambia Elephant Import Permits Issued By USFWS
December Update on Seizure and Forfeiture Crisis


Conservation Force 2010
2010
January Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis
February Federal Court Rules Hunters’ Interests In Trophies Not Legally Protected
March CF Creates Permanent Litigation Division
March Special Report: Conservation Force Chairman Receives International Statesman Award
March Briefly Noted
April Conservation Force Institutes Industry-Commercial Services Sponsorships
April Briefly Noted
April Dr. Dale Toweill Joins Conservation Force Board of Advisors
May Special Report: Focus On CITES CoP15
June 57th CIC General Assembly: Expanding Scope, Participation & Influence
June Briefly Noted
July The Supreme Court Invalidates Overly Broad Cruelty Law In Light of the Acceptability of Hunting
August Status of Wood Bison Suits Against USFWS
September The Important Historical Role of Hunters To Both Public and Private Land Conservation
September Pakistan: New Markhor Down-listing Petition Filed
October CBD Pushes To Ban All Lead Ammo & Fish Gear
November Important New Development in Trophy Seizure Crisis
November Anticlimactic Polar Bear Court Hearing
December A Tool For Lion Hunters: The Pocket Guide To Aging Lions
December Polar Bear Listing Cases Status
December St. Petersburg Hosts 58th CIC General Assembly


Conservation Force 2009
2009
January 2008 In Review Bio-political Developments
February Crisis Over Trophies In Transit Resolved
February Two Important Legal Actions
March Lion Campaign Kicks Off In The Nick of Time
March Polar Bear Update: Law Suit Sets New Precedent On Listings
March Briefly Noted
April "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of Lions and Other Large Carnivores in Sub-Saharan Africa" February 17th-18th Maroua, Cameroon
May Trophy Seizures & Forfeiture Crisis: Problems and Resolutions
May Briefly Noted
June Cheetah & Black-faced Impala Permits Denied
June Briefly Noted
July National Action Plans Save Lion Initiative
July Briefly Noted
August Tanzania To Enforce Age Limits On Trophy Lions
August Three Antelope Case A Win For Conservation
August Briefly Noted
September The Unrealized Potential of Conservation Hunting
September North America: Latest Developments On Polar Bear
October Mozambique: Niassa Elephant Trophy
November Africa: Suit Filed Over Zambia Elephant Import Permits
November Arctic: USF&WS Proposes CITES Uplist Polar Bear
November Polar Bear Lawsuits Challenging the Listing Decision
December Special Report: African Lion Spared the CITES Axe, For Now
December Bill Poole: “A Lion of a Man”
December Special Report: CITES Proposals for CoP15, March 2010


Conservation Force 2008
2008
January CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
January Polar Bear Developments
February Conservation News Developments
March Breaking News On Argali Draws
April Polar Bear Decision: Some Thoughts About That Continuing Delay
April CAMEROON: All About The New CAMNARES Program
May Conversation Force to Intervene
May Briefly Noted
June Polar Bear Listing: Assessing The Impact And Mapping A Way Forward
June CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
August Update On Kashmir Markhor
August Polar Bear Imports: Immediate Ban Upheld
August A Word About The Bob Kern Trial
September Study Analyzes Work Of NGO’s In African Wildlife Conservation
September Tanzania: Elephant Permit Crisis Averted
September Briefly Noted
October New Efforts To Reverse The Polar Bear Listing
October USF&WS Seizing Some Utilitarian Trophy Items
November Nation-by-Nation Plans To Save African Lion
November Hunting For Truth: Why Rationalizing The Ritual Must Fail
November Briefly Noted
November USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
November Leadership, People and Science
December USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
December Briefly Noted


Conservation Force 2007
2007
January Largest Hunting Development in the World
January Philippe Chardonnet Elected to Conservation Force Board
January PHASA AGM: An On-Site Report
February Polar Bear and Trophy Imports Both In Jeopardy
March A Second Threat to Polar Bear Import
March Guide To Aging Lions Is Now Available
March Briefly Noted
April Understanding The Issues And Proposals
April Our Polar Bear Comment: A Report
June Namibia: Help Is Available On Seized Leopards
June Belgrade: All About The Latest CIC General Assembly
June Special Report: New Conservation DVD Is Getting Attention
June CITES Meeting: The Latest Developments
June What Do You Say To A Liberal Intellectual Who Has Never Hunted?
July What Really Happened at CITES COP14 In The Hague
August Markhor Import Denial Raises Big Questions
September White House Orders National Hunting Conference
October Reflections On 10 Years Of Conservation Force
October Bear Listing Proposal: USGS Releases Reports
November Petitions to Free Siezed Trophies Successful
November Polar Bear Crisis Heats Up
November Briefly Noted
December Important Development in Markhor Conservation
December A Commentary On The National Geographic Article About “Hunters: For Love of the Land”


Conservation Force 2006
2006
January Highlights of 2005
February Protectionist File Suit To List All Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act
March ESA Listing Pending Polar Bear Crisis Is Growing
April The Real Significance If Polar Bear Are Listed
May One Important Nonresident Rights Case Continues
June Comment On “Draft Norms & Standards for the Regulations of the Hunting Industry in South Africa
July Symposium May Affect The Future Of Hunting; Progress Reported On Black Faced Impala
August Assessing The Impact Of Interior Dept. Turnover
September Mozambique Elephant Trophy Import Permit Applications Denied
October BC Bear Report And “Stricter Domestic Measures:” An Analysis Of The Connections
November UK Meetings Focus On Hunting/Conservation
December Wildlife ‘Compact’ Has Downsides / Gala Tanzania Banquet / Last Nonresident Suit


Conservation Force 2005
2005
January The End of Nonresident Hunting Rights
February African Elephant Downlisted to Vulnerable
March Southwest Alaska Profile In Conservation
April The Truth About That Polar Bear Petition
May The Legally Structured Role of Hunting and Fishing in the US and Abroad
June Nonresidents Stripped of Constitutional Rights in Congress
July Black Rhino Hunting Development
August Elephant Hunting Is Fully Open In Zambia / Getting A Handle On “Sustainable Use”
September Russia: The “Real Skinny On That Hunting Closure
October Hurricane Katrina Threatens Conservation Force
October USFW&S Denies Permits For Black-Faced Impala
November First African Lion Workshops Are Successful; IUCN Polar Bear Listing Upgraded
December US Lists New Foreign Species As Endangered


Conservation Force 2004
2004
January Permits To Import Certain Endangered Species Understanding That Draft Trophy Import Policy Change
February Musings of an Old Hunter
March Giant Saltwater Crocodile Hunting May Open
April Who Said What: A Compendium Of Comments
May African Lion Targeted At CITES Meeting
June The Truth About Senator John Kerry
June Two Hunters’ Legacies
July Argali Suit Finally Finished: Positive Gains
July Case Study of a Man-Eating Lion Killing 35 People
September Cats/Canids Bill Introduced; NRA To Push Hunting; Important CITES COP 13 Developments
October Will Lion Hunting Survive? And More....
November What Really Happened At COP13
December More To Come On African Lion


Conservation Force 2003
2003
January On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
February Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey
March A Reflection on Positive Developments
April DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC, News Analysis, The Argali Case: Court, Hears Mongolia's Appeal
May Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers
June What You Need To Know About Trophy Imports
July Insights From Wildlife Conflict Studies, A Different Perspective For Problem Solving
August How Many Hunters Are There, Really?
September The Antis’ Argali Suit Has Been Dismissed
October Update On The Argali Case
November The Political Future
December Antis Tell Court They Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo


Conservation Force 2002
2002
January The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”
February DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - Cameroon Elephant Permits Denied
March SPECIAL REPORT - New USF & WS Director
April The Saga of the Saiga
May The Role And Value Of Hunting
June On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
July Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I
August Special Report: A Preview Of COP 12
September Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now
October Understanding Trophy Hunting: A Powerful Conservation Tool
November London March to Save Hunting Breaks All Records
December Santiago, Chile - What Really Happened At CITES COP 12


Conservation Force 2001
2001
March Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy
April Special Report On Hunting Why We Do It; Its Conservation Benefits
May Antis Sue To Stop All Argali Trophy Imports
June The Very Latest On That Argali Suit
July Why We Hunt: - Two Important Perspectives
August The Animal Rights 2001 Conference - Terrorism And A Radical Agenda At A Hilton Hotel
September Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit
October DATELINE: WASHINGTON Mongolia, Others Denied Role In Argali Lawsuit
November DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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