By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
There's exciting news this month: US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is moving forward with its reviews of lion range nations and processing of lion import permits. First, FWS made a positive enhancement finding for wild and wild-managed lions from the Republic of South Africa (RSA) for 2017 through 2019 based on the RSA lion management plan. This paves the way for issuing import permits for lions from this range nation. Despite the FWS finding, however, South African authorities are still conducting a review of all wild-managed lion properties and have requested FWS not issue permits for wild-managed lions until a full list of approved properties is completed. Captive-bred lions are not covered by this finding and remain un-importable to the US. John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force has all the details about this development in this month's issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin
, which is tucked inside each issue of The Hunting Report
. Be sure to read it for the full scoop.
We also know that FWS has been working on permits for other destinations. One Hunting Report
subscriber contacted us with news that an FWS agent called him for additional information about his permit application for a lion he took in Zimbabwe in 2016....