I have learned about some "problem-lion" hunts on offer in Ethiopia from well-known international hunter and booking agent Burt Klineburger (210-232-2041). Seems three districts in the Kaffa zone are plagued with a number of problem lions, and the Ethiopian government is allowing safari operators to hunt them. Operator Colonel Negussie Eshete, represented by Klineburger, sent me details in an e-mail. Although it is unclear how many lions will be removed, Eshete says the opportunity is for both male and female cats. He says the safari will be for 21 days. There will be a conservation fee of $100 per day payable to the government. A rifle permit fee of $100 is also payable to the government. The license fee for the lion is $4,000. There will also be two scouts; one from the federal and another from the regional government.
Each scout will be paid $15 per day, or $30 per day for both scouts. It is also customary, but not obligatory, to tip camp crew, hunting crew, professional hunter, etc. "Lion trophies are importable into the EU countries as well as the US. We have the CITES documents necessary," he says. Klineburger also told me that Neshete has secured an additional hunting area close to Bale National Park that has been unhunted for some time. "Some huge nyala are bound to be found there," he said.