It's true that a number of hunters contacted me to say they were either canceling their hunts or cutting back on the species they were hunting. Ken Wilson of Sportsmen on Film says he did just that on his hunt this past November when the fees were doubled. He booked a hunt through Bert Klineburger International Hunting Consultant with Col. Negussie Eshete of Rocky Valley Safaris. Specifically, he cut Menelik's bushbuck and lesser kudu due to the price increase and had these thoughts to offer: "The current trophy fees are worth it if the government gives the local communities a significant portion of the fees (85 percent has been promised). According to Daniel Negussie, Col. Neguissie's son and PH, the reinvestment is not happening and is causing some ill will. With the Ethiopian population expanding in the mountains and desert along with livestock and farming, I could see that animal habitat is tenuous. Without government reinvestment of hunting fees among the mountain and desert people, their willingness to protect the wild animal population and habitat will disappear."
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