The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today made a preliminary decision regarding the conservation status of lions, proposing to protect the lion under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The director of USFWS, Dan Ashe, however stated that “Lions are not in trouble because of responsible sport hunting. In fact, evidence shows that scientifically sound conservation programs that include limited, well-managed sport hunting can and do contribute to the long-term survival of the species“, and goes on to say; “Under this special rule, we cannot and will not allow trophies into the United States from any nation whose lion conservation program fails to meet key criteria for transparency, scientific management and effectiveness. Permits would be granted if, and only if, the trophies were taken as part of a scientific management program that provides proven benefits to the overall lion population and local communities“. This means that now, more than ever, it is vital to support responsible hunting areas such as BVC, and contribute to the conservation research we conduct. For more information see: bubyevalleyconservancy.com/support-thanks/. It is important to note that this is only a preliminary decision, and will be revised in the New Year, after the official 90 day public comment period that ends on 27 January 2015.
Follow this link to see the original statement by Dan Ashe: http://www.fws.gov/director/dan-ashe/index.cfm/2014/10/27/The-African-Lion-Needs-Our-Help.