BREAKING: USFW Adds Lions To Endangered Species List

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on December 23, 2015

Forget science!

It seems as though the USFW is bowing to the ANTIs instead!

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When a Minnesota dentist killed a lion named Cecil earlier this year, it sparked outrage around the world. Cecil was beloved, after all, and suffered an unjust demise. But in the end, the man who shot him with a crossbow and tracked the injured cat to his death was found to have had his papers in order.

Now, in a move that will make it far tougher for American hunters to bring African lion trophies back home, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is adding lions to its endangered list. This will mean a measure of protection for lions under the Endangered Species Act that hasn’t existed previously.

The change of status, announced Monday, comes five months after hunter Walter J. Palmer shot Cecil the lion, who had been lured out of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park by hunting guides and killed despite wearing a tracking collar.

Two subspecies of lions will be added to the list. One of them, found in central and West Africa, numbers only about 900 animals and will be classified as endangered, meaning hunters will be prohibited from importing trophies.


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