Illegal PAC Lion Hunts Sold In Zimbabwe


Published: March - 2010

In Zimbabwe, someone is marketing illegal PAC lion hunts in the Matabeleland North areas. We received word of this in mid-February from Sally Bown of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ). The Hunting Report immediately sent out an e-mail bulletin warning E-mail Extra subscribers. No such permits have been issued for lion. The only licenses issued for lion hunts in Matabeleland North are for trophy lions.

PAC lion hunts are supposed to take place when there is a complaint from tribes people of marauding animals killing livestock or threatening humans. Typically, the National Parks and Wildlife Authority calculates a number of these problem animals per region depending on the populations. While this system has been abused by some, the idea is that PAC lion hunts should be suddenly emerging opportunities that need immediate action. They are not the kind of hunts you can market ahead of time, and they are not supposed to be sold as cheaper alternatives to a trophy lion hunt.

"Zimbabwe went through a voluntary lion moratorium for two years once in order to raise the trophy quality of lion," Bown said in a follow-up e-mail. "There were enough lion, but the bigger trophies had been taken out and lesser quality animals were being hunted. They needed time to mature into good trophy size. Parks does not want to let the quality drop again, hence the stoppage on PAC animal hunts, which can be abused."

If you have purchased or are considering a lion hunt in Zimbabwe represented as a Problem Animal Control (PAC) hunt you should demand your agent or operator provide you with a copy of the PAC Permit or the Authority to Hunt a PAC lion. To ensure the permit is legitimate, forward a copy to Sally Bown and copy me on that at Barbara@hunting report.com. Bown and I will check the legitimacy of the permit with sources at the National Parks and Wildlife Authority.

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