Is hunting going the way of the dinosaur?
It sure seems that way!
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.
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