Namibia: Leopard Siezures and Problem Animal Hunts


Published: June - 2007

The big news in Namibia hunting is the ongoing seizure by the US Fish and Wildlife Service of leopard trophies taken in that country. We issued an e-mail bulletin on this matter last month to subscribers who have upgraded their subscription to E-Mail Extra. John J. Jackson, III, has all the seizure details in Conservation Force Bulletin, a copy of which should be inside your newsletter. The salient points are: 1.) If you have an unshipped leopard trophy in Namibia, try to get it held there until the current snafu over import tags is cleared up; 2.) Do not sign a forfeiture waiver if you receive one from USFWS. Instead, get in contact with Jackson immediately. Jackson has agreed to work with all affected hunters on the release of their trophies. The service will be provided on a pro-bono basis, but anyone helped should certainly step up his support of Conservation Force.

Still in Namibia, there has been some confusion of late about Problem Animal lions and when they can be taken by sport hunters. Here is the real skinny, directly from officials in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Be careful of any claims that differ from the conditions outlined below.

Any farmer who has lost domestic stock to a lion, or is in danger of losing stock from one, can ask that the offending animal be declared a Problem Animal. At that point, a registered Big Game Professional Hunter, in coordination with the affected farmer, can ask that a Trophy Hunting Permit be issued. The registered Professional Hunter must conduct the hunt, and all conditions that apply to Trophy Hunting Permits must be adhered to e.g., no hunting at night and no shooting from a vehicle. If the offending lion is shot, or wounded and lost, the hunter will be required to pay a fee of N $10,000 (about $1,425 US) for a male lion and N $5,000 (about $710 US) for a female. Those fees are in addition to any fees the professional hunter might charge.

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