SOUTH AFRICA: Ban Leopard Hunting for 2016

12/04/2016 #VieranasSafaris 

South Africa Withholds 2016 Leopard Hunting Permits

No leopard hunting will be possible in The Republic of South Africa (RSA) for 2016. That's because South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has withheld the quota and no hunting licenses will be issued. The de facto closure is due to a recommendation by DEA's scientific department, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

The Hunting Report learned of this development from Stan Burger, president of PHASA (Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa) and Tharia Unwin, CEO of PHASA. Burger says SANBI believes South Africa's leopard population is in decline but has not presented any research to support that conclusion. Another reason DEA gave to withhold the quota is that the North West Province failed to provide any of the required information for the DEA to make a nondetriment finding in their leopard offtake.

Burger says PHASA is seeking legal action to overturn the DEA's decision. He says the agency used only the input of an outside conservation organization that is devoted to the preservation of wild cats, and did not seek input from PHASA or other groups. If and when permits are issued again, we will notify subscribers via an Email Extra Bulletin.

If you have already booked a leopard hunt for this year, be aware that your operator has no leopard permit for 2016 and will not receive one unless DEA's decision is overturned.
-The Hunting Report. - Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief