Illegal PAC Elephant and Lion Hunts Sold In Mozambique


Published: May - 2010

Word of illegal elephant and lion hunts in Mozambique reached my office last month. Seems a number of operators are offering problem animal control (PAC) hunts to hunting clients. These hunts are absolutely prohibited. The National Directorate of Conservation Areas, Afonso Madope, makes that very clear in a memorandum he previously distributed on the subject. He wrote, "It came to our attention that different outfitters and professional hunters are offering and marketing so-called problem animal hunts (PAC) to be carried out in Mozambique. PAC hunts are illegal in Mozambique, especially those sold in advance. Criminal charges will be laid against participating hunters, outfitters and professional hunters involved in such practices." Madope copied the provincial departments of tourism, who oversee hunting, on his memo as well.

This is not a new regulation. Any operator who tries to sell you one of these hunts is putting you at risk for legal action. No matter what assurances he or his Mozambican partner may try to give you, a PAC hunt will at the least cost you a big fine, but it could potentially land you in a Mozambican jail. Wouldn't that be fun? Enough said.

I've also heard that some operators are marketing hunts in areas that do not belong to them. According to several outfitters I have spoken with, fly-by-night operators are the biggest problem facing Mozambique's hunting industry right now. Apparently, these people simply fly in, rent a car, and shoot some animals in undesignated areas. Because they are not a Mozambican registered company, they can't legally import firearms for clients or export their trophies. To get a firearm import license, you must begin the process well before your hunt date. The operator must purchase your hunting license before he can apply for your firearm import permit. He will need a copy of your passport, a passport photo and a copy of your US Customs Form 4457 (for American clients) or a firearms ownership license for hunters from elsewhere. The permit is issued by the Ministry of the Interior through the police department in conjunction with the Customs Department.........(continued)

 
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