By the time you read this, I am hoping that PHASA will have straightened out the situation. Eduard Katzke, newly inducted president of PHASA, and Richard Lemmer of the organization's executive committee were already in talks with the conservation authorities and were scheduled for a sit down the day after The Hunting Report went to press. E-mail Extra subscribers should have already gotten an update by e-mail. Check our web site under the Email Extra Bulletins section on the left-hand column of the home page where we post bulletins 24 hours after Email Extra subscribers get them. I'm indebted to booking agent Charlie Goldenberg of Premier Safaris (407-889-9778; firstname.lastname@example.org) for bringing this situation to my attention.
If you have booked a leopard hunt to South Africa for 2010, there are a couple of things you should know regardless of how PHASA resolves this issue. First, only operators who have received an allocation for CITES leopard permits can legally market these hunts. Your safari operator or booking agent should be able to produce a copy of the letter from the Department of Economic Development, Environment & Tourism indicating that he has an allocation. Just be aware that this allocation does not guarantee you a hunt permit. The operator must........(continued)