As this issue goes to press, some in the hunting business are getting nervous over whether US hunters will be barred from hunting Marco Polo in Kyrgyzstan again this year. You'll recall Marco Polo hunting was closed to Americans for the 2006/2007 season. That was because Kyrgyz authorities missed the May 31st deadline to file population data required by US Fish & Wildlife Service. Without this information, the Service will not allow the importation of this species into the US. As of April 20, the Service had yet to receive the appropriate paperwork for the 2007/2008 season.
Sources insist that the material is ready and will be at the service by the deadline, per order of the head of the Kyrgyz wildlife department. We certainly hope so. Again, we'll issue an E-Mail Extra bulletin as soon as the news breaks. The official contact on this matter at the US Fish & Wildlife Service is Mike Carpenter, by the way. He's in the Division of Management Authority.