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No Leopard Hunting in South Africa for 2017
(posted February - 2017)
 
By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief


As hunters head to the conventions this year, doubts whirl around three iconic African species: lion, elephant and now leopard. Numerous hunters and safari operators have contacted The Hunting Report with questions about the status of lion and elephant import permits for the United States, and whether hunters will be able to import leopard trophies from this coming season. Briefly, as of press time on January 23, there was no additional news from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding approvals for lion or elephant import permits. As for leopard, the deadline for comments to assist FWS with its decision on whether to uplist leopard to Endangered was January 31st. (See the January issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin.) 

It will take about another year or more before a decision is rendered and any action taken. Hunters taking leopard hunts in 2017 should not have any problems importing them into the US. We will follow the issue closely and distribute an email news bulletin as soon as there are developments. If you are not an Email Extra subscriber you may wish to upgrade your subscription to receive bulletins on breaking news like this.

Following that vein, we warned Email Extra subscribers on January 17 that South Africa will not have a leopard quota again this season. The zero quota was announced by South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). This means there will be no leopard hunting in South Africa again this year. You will recall the DEA withheld the leopard quota in 2016 citing concerns over population numbers and a need for a national Norms and Standards for Leopard Hunting. (See our January 2016 news bulletin.) 

In a press release issued Monday, January 16, the DEA says its Scientific Authority recommended the zero quota for 2017 based on a review of scientific information on the status and recovery of leopard populations in South Africa....
  


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