USFWS REVISED ELEPHANT REGULATIONS

15 Jun No Comments alex@myds.co.za NEWS

The HUNTING REPORT reported earlier this week that hunters with elephant trophy imports scheduled for delivery to the United States must ensure their imports arrive before July 6 to prevent seizure by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

PHASA spoke to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ CITES officer, who confirmed that USFWS did not consult with any of the range states affected by this unilateral regulatory change. However, USFWS did confirm that a US citizen is allowed to import two (2) elephants’ trophies per annum, irrespective of the year or country of offtake.

Outfitters whose clients have pending elephant shipments, are advised to inform their clients to:

1. Get confirmation that their elephant shipment will arrive in the USA before the 6th July 2016; alternatively

2. Apply for an import permit from the Management Authority. At the time of going to press this form was not yet finalised and we recommend that applicants request the same directly from managementauthority@fws.gov as it is not yet available online.

A CALL FOR HUNTERS TO CHALLENGE LEGALITY OF NEW JERSEY TROPHY IMPORT BAN

Issued by the Hunting Report

All hunters from New Jersey who have taken an elephant, lion, leopard or black or white rhino trophy that is now pending import to the US are urged to contact John J. Jackson, III of Conservation Force. Jackson plans to challenge the new law that was passed in New Jersey banning the importation of legally hunted trophies that are listed by CITES and the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). He is seeking any hunters affected by the ban to join the suite.

Jackson contends the New Jersey law, and others like it, is contrary to federal legislation. It is overridden by the ESA, which delineates exceptions for the importation of sport hunted trophies. That includes a permitting system by US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). States cannot substitute their judgements in place of those of Congress or USFWS, and they must respect the permits issued by USFWS. Elephant and other trophy imports are included in the ESA exceptions, and USFWS uses an enhancement import permit system for those trophies under the provisions of the ESA.

There is sufficient legal precedence to challenge the New Jersey law and hunters affected by it may contact Jackson by telephone at 504-837-1233504-837-1233 or send an email to CF@conservationforce.org. – Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief

LION AGE TRAINING RESOURCES

Resource for improving hunters’ skills in aging African lions:

www.AgingTheAfricanLion.org. This website includes a training, self-test, photo gallery and quick-reference pocket guides to help hunters become more familiar with the best physical characteristics for estimating a lion’s age. The website also provides some background information on lion biology and on the biological basis for restricting harvests to old lions.

In addition to the site, we’ve developed presentation sides which consist of a lion aging training and self-test (for participants to measure their ‘lion aging score’ before and after the training to track their improvement). The presentation is ideal for training professional hunters and guides and for educating clients on how to age lions. Please contact us if you would like a copy of this presentation.

Please write to AgingLions@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Paula A. White, PhD
Director, Zambia Lion Project
Center for Tropical Research
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
University of California, Los Angeles USA