Over in Mozambique, you'll recall my report last month on that 100-pound elephant that was confiscated by the Tourism Department there. I told you the elephant was killed in an area where there was no quota, and thus permits could not be issued for it. The elephant was killed in October, and the tusks were still sitting in the Tourism office at Lichinga last month. I have been told by reliable sources that the operator who executed this hunt, Roger Whittall Safaris, is preparing to release a statement clearing up the legality of the hunt. I have sent e-mails to the company asking for a statement, both before and after I broke the story, but have yet to hear from anyone there. I would welcome hearing from Guy Whittall and any Tourism or Agriculture Department officials who would clarify how legitimate permits can be issued for the trophy. I'll be happy to report what they tell me.
In the meantime, I've received e-mails from a number of insiders in Mozambique regarding the legalities of hunting there. One operator suggested passing on the following to hunters looking to hunt there. He says, "There are a lot of fly-by-nights out there. I suggest hunters check with the Tourism Department to make sure an outfitter is registered and maybe consider the following: ask for a copy of the annual quota, a copy of the company's registration in Mozambique, a copy of the license for the specific animal to be hunted and a copy of the registration of land/concession to be hunted. These papers are needed to get a license from the government. If you cannot present these papers, you can't do a hunt."