By Barbara Crown, Editor
If you hunted in Botswana
last year or are going this season, be prepared for some trophy clearance delays by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). Seems agents are holding shipments to verify that they were legally-taken hunting trophies. We received several reports about this problem last month. One particular shipment had been held long enough that significant storage fees had been incurred.
The reason for this extra scrutiny is two-fold. First, it appears that an overzealous CITES officer in Botswana decided to implement this requirement and requested that USFWS verify the legality of all
trophy imports from that country. The officer reportedly did this just before resigning, leading to some internal misunderstandings and miscommunications in Botswana.....