We checked with several Came- roon operators throughout the crisis period and at press time. Pierre Guerrini of Faro West, also president of the Cameroon Professional Hunters Association, told us things were basically back to normal by March 3. The savannah hunting season had just ended and jungle hunting was about to begin. Guerrini had clients flying in for hunts that very week. Guerrini, along with Patrick Dahlan of Faro Koti Manga and Inge Ladefoged of Ngong Safaris, all told The Hunting Report that hunting areas were undisturbed by the trouble and no safaris had been disrupted. Booking agent Charlie Goldenberg said returning clients reported no problems or security issues.
The trouble was essentially a public protest against soaring fuel costs coupled with resistance to a proposal by President Paul Biya to extend his term by changing the Cameroon constitution. Though things are now calm, at its height, the unrest was serious. Seems a number of demonstrators were killed by police in Douala on February 25 and about 1,600 people were arrested. We'll keep you posted.