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Happy Thanksgiving from Forsythe!!! #rebf #njhiking #usfws
@Regranned from @africanwildlifefoundation -  We’ve almost hit our goal of getting 45,000 people to tell the #Trump administration to reinstate the ban on #elephant and lion trophies. Join AWF and fellow #wildlife advocates today. Link in bio. #WildlifeTrumpsTrophies
@Regranned from @africanwildlifefoundation - We’ve almost hit our goal of getting 45,000 people to tell the #Trump  administration to reinstate the ban on #elephant  and lion trophies. Join AWF and fellow #wildlife  advocates today. Link in bio. #WildlifeTrumpsTrophies 
Beautiful Tricolored Heron resting on the bank.  Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Houston, Texas.
Beautiful Tricolored Heron resting on the bank. Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Houston, Texas.
It was a joy to take pictures of this Painted bunting. Very strange for this little fella to be in Washington State. He should be in Central America right now.
It was a joy to take pictures of this Painted bunting. Very strange for this little fella to be in Washington State. He should be in Central America right now.
Colorado National Monument.
Colorado National Monument.
Who else is just in awe over these two little teefers?!
Who else is just in awe over these two little teefers?!
Courtship Flight!  Seven male northern pintail do their best to strut their stuff in flight for a lone female. In human terms this would definitely be considered harassment! #sacramentonwr #usfws #nwrs #pintail #pintails #courtship #courtshipflight #ducks #ducksunlimited #waterfowl #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifeofinstagram #birdsofinstagram #birds #birdphotography #nature #naturelovers #naturephotography
Repost @usfws Please read comments below. Great news!!! #usfws #natureconservancy #montana #americanwildmag #americanwildmagazine #comingsoon #Repost @usfws (@get_repost)
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In an act of stunning generosity, The Nature Conservancy in Montana recently donated two conservation easements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The properties, which are valued at more than $2.7 million, cover nearly 15,000 acres within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
This portion of the Rocky Mountain Front is home to grizzly bears, gray wolves, trumpeter swans, long-billed curlews, chestnut-collared longspurs, Sprague’s pipits, and amazing numbers of waterfowl. The easements, which will now be managed as part of the Benton Lake Wetland Management District, will help to ensure that habitat for these and other species is conserved for future generations.

This historic donation was made possible by a $1.4 million donation from The Nature Conservancy, a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, and a private landowner donation totaling more than a quarter millions dollars.

Thanks to this amazing generosity, some of the best remaining grassland habitat along the Rocky Mountain Front is new protected to ensure healthy lands that work for wildlife and the people who call this unparalleled landscape home.

Photo: Dylan DesRosier/@nature_org
Repost @usfws Please read comments below. Great news!!! #usfws  #natureconservancy  #montana  #americanwildmag  #americanwildmagazine  #comingsoon  #Repost  @usfws (@get_repost) ・・・ In an act of stunning generosity, The Nature Conservancy in Montana recently donated two conservation easements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The properties, which are valued at more than $2.7 million, cover nearly 15,000 acres within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Front is home to grizzly bears, gray wolves, trumpeter swans, long-billed curlews, chestnut-collared longspurs, Sprague’s pipits, and amazing numbers of waterfowl. The easements, which will now be managed as part of the Benton Lake Wetland Management District, will help to ensure that habitat for these and other species is conserved for future generations. This historic donation was made possible by a $1.4 million donation from The Nature Conservancy, a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, and a private landowner donation totaling more than a quarter millions dollars. Thanks to this amazing generosity, some of the best remaining grassland habitat along the Rocky Mountain Front is new protected to ensure healthy lands that work for wildlife and the people who call this unparalleled landscape home. Photo: Dylan DesRosier/@nature_org
There’s always work to be done, especially when your president seems overly interested in overturning all rulings from his predecessor (though thank goddess Tater n Tot were given immunity again and will remain free turkeys!). This however, is a deeply disturbing movement backwards. #Repost @foaorg (@get_repost)
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#Update: We are poised to take legal action again after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly changed its tune this week about the trophy hunting of elephants in Zimbabwe, reversing the ban it enacted in 2014. "If it turns out, as it appears to be, simply a gift to the U.S. sport hunting industry, then you can bet that Friends of Animals will take this to court." Michael Harris, director of Friends of Animals’ Wildlife Law Program. Learn more on our site. 
#elephant #elephants #zimbabwe #zimbabweelephants #foa #friendsofanimals #takeaction #trophy #trophyhunting #hunting #antihunting #nohunting #africa #africanwildlife #wildlife #animals #animalsofinstagram #animalsofafrica #animalrights #animalwelfare  #wildlife #usfws #trump #huntingban
There’s always work to be done, especially when your president seems overly interested in overturning all rulings from his predecessor (though thank goddess Tater n Tot were given immunity again and will remain free turkeys!). This however, is a deeply disturbing movement backwards. #Repost  @foaorg (@get_repost) ・・・ #Update : We are poised to take legal action again after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly changed its tune this week about the trophy hunting of elephants in Zimbabwe, reversing the ban it enacted in 2014. "If it turns out, as it appears to be, simply a gift to the U.S. sport hunting industry, then you can bet that Friends of Animals will take this to court." Michael Harris, director of Friends of Animals’ Wildlife Law Program. Learn more on our site. #elephant  #elephants  #zimbabwe  #zimbabweelephants  #foa  #friendsofanimals  #takeaction  #trophy  #trophyhunting  #hunting  #antihunting  #nohunting  #africa  #africanwildlife  #wildlife  #animals  #animalsofinstagram  #animalsofafrica  #animalrights  #animalwelfare  #wildlife  #usfws  #trump  #huntingban 
Beautiful photo 🐘💕#WorthMoreAlive 
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#Repost @ginatheresarobertson from @lauragleeson_essential_life who wrote: Elephants are not a trophy. They have a soul just like you and I. They feel, they love and they mourn loss just as we do and they are also highly intelligent. 💖 #bantheivorytrade #bantrophyhunting #elephants #gentlegiants #letthembefree #theydontdeservetodie 🙏✨
Drove 16 hours, crossed the bridge four times, went out sampling on northern Lake Huron in November, and did lab work in a hotel room. What a blast!!
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#gradstudentlife #fisheries #fisheriesresearch #fishfriends #optoutside #forceofnature #researchisfun #lovethemadness #michagrammers #GreatLakes #USFWS
Sound up! These Mexican free-tailed bats are members of the 4 million-strong bat colony in Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason County, Texas. 🦇 🦇 🦇 
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Sound up! These Mexican free-tailed bats are members of the 4 million-strong bat colony in Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason County, Texas. 🦇 🦇 🦇 _ Repost @animal.radical Video credit @usfws
The harriers get no respect, especially when the owls are in town.😅 They are equally beautiful in my opinion.
The harriers get no respect, especially when the owls are in town.😅 They are equally beautiful in my opinion.
Aiming for the sun on a peaceful afternoon

#johnheinznwr #usfws
So today we pretty much just started huge bonfires... #usfws #somuchbuckthorn #piles #bonfire #ccm #fire
Did you know there used to be a fish pond near the Washington Monument? #TriviaTuesday Read more via @washingtonpost (see link in bio).
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#fishandwildlife #federalfish #carp #nationalmall #washingtondc #naturedc #dcliving #dchistory #washingtonmonument #fishfarm #tidalflats #potomacRiver #fishpond #washingtondc #ilovedc #fish #freedomfish #usfws
A quick phone pic of the Rocky Mountain Front where I spent the weekend doing some filming for @conservation.media
and @conservationhawks. Crazy wind made for some really cool clouds. The wind didn't help the filming much but sharing amazing country with amazing people is as good as it gets.

#Montana #montanamoment #406 #montanalove #montanagram #mymontanafall #USFWS #wild #MTExploreMore #hunting #publicland  #light #mountains #clouds #bigsky
California brown pelicans in flight, Monterey Bay CA ✈ #squadgoals
California brown pelicans in flight, Monterey Bay CA ✈ #squadgoals 
This #americankestrel flew into the @usfws area beyond just after I captured this image.
This #americankestrel  flew into the @usfws area beyond just after I captured this image.
Sometimes the best relationship is a long distance one. Read our Winter Wildlife Viewing Guide to learn how to protect our iconic wildlife: bit.ly/2zWwe9y. The brochure explains how harmful it can be to allow bighorn sheep your lick your vehicle -- a chronic problem on the Refuge Road. What will you do to help? #findyourdistance  #respectourspace  #wildlifehealth #USFWS
Sometimes the best relationship is a long distance one. Read our Winter Wildlife Viewing Guide to learn how to protect our iconic wildlife: bit.ly/2zWwe9y. The brochure explains how harmful it can be to allow bighorn sheep your lick your vehicle -- a chronic problem on the Refuge Road. What will you do to help? #findyourdistance  #respectourspace  #wildlifehealth  #USFWS 
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I couldn’t help but do this lens effect at a spot with such an amazing view. The long streaks are caused by twisting the zoom ring during a long exposure. That bright one is caused by the light blur from the moon. Two images taken on the same night from the same tripod in the same location,  then stacked in @adobe Photoshop. 
@nikonusaD750 | Nikkor 14-24mm f/ 2.8 | 15 s | f/ 2.8 | 24mm |ISO 6400 - Zoom Blur
Foreground | 60 s | f/ 2.8 | 24mm | ISO 3200 |
Zoom ____________ I couldn’t help but do this lens effect at a spot with such an amazing view. The long streaks are caused by twisting the zoom ring during a long exposure. That bright one is caused by the light blur from the moon. Two images taken on the same night from the same tripod in the same location, then stacked in @adobe Photoshop. @nikonusaD750 | Nikkor 14-24mm f/ 2.8 | 15 s | f/ 2.8 | 24mm |ISO 6400 - Zoom Blur Foreground | 60 s | f/ 2.8 | 24mm | ISO 3200 |
Who or what have you spotted from one of our blinds at #heinznwr ?  Tag  us @friendsofheinz and #friendsofheinz and let us know!  #optoutside #autumn #nature #scenicpa #usfws #johnheinznationalwildliferefuge #scenicpennsylvania #pennsylvaniaisbeautiful
My lifer Purple Sandpiper!!! 😁 Proudly sporting those four streaks of purple 💜😊 #purplesandpiper #sandpiper #lifer #birder #shorebird #whatareyoudoinghere
You're probably going to be tired from cooking. FYI: the Wildlife Drive at Forsythe will be open on Thanksgiving Day! #rebf #usfws #njevents @usfws
You're probably going to be tired from cooking. FYI: the Wildlife Drive at Forsythe will be open on Thanksgiving Day! #rebf  #usfws  #njevents  @usfws
A bad day fishing is better than any day working.
#treebass #bobber #cork #tree #nature #tn #tennessee #walterhill #walterhilldam #fishing #fisherman #usfws #outdoors #fall
Sound up! These Mexican free-tailed bats are members of the 4 million-strong bat colony in Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason County, Texas. 🦇 🦇 🦇 
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Sound up! These Mexican free-tailed bats are members of the 4 million-strong bat colony in Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason County, Texas. 🦇 🦇 🦇 _ 🎥 @usfws
Just three weirdos kneeling in the snow.
Just three weirdos kneeling in the snow.
Fly fishing paradise. .
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Big thanks to @lifeproof @perkyjerky for the continued support and.... a couple new sponsors can't wait to share with you, my enlightened internet family! This winter is going to be all time in Colorado...
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Fly fishing paradise. . . Big thanks to @lifeproof @perkyjerky for the continued support and.... a couple new sponsors can't wait to share with you, my enlightened internet family! This winter is going to be all time in Colorado... . . #dreamingnature  #earthcapture  #nature  #welivetoexplore  #wonderful_places  #natgeo  #yourshotphotogapher  #wildernessculture  #ourcamplife  #modernoutdoors  #campeveryday  #stayandwander  #usinterior  #findyourpark  #mypubliclands  #thedailyadventurer  #usfws  #livenature  #architecture  #environmentaldesign  #snowboarding  #wakeboarding  #adventure  #createyourfuture  #lifeproof  #livelifeproof  #lifeproofambassador  #perkyjerky  #alchemy 
Majestic! @wildlife @usinterior @coparkswildlife @wildernesssociety @wildlifeplanet @dnvrcolorado #deer #buck #wildlifephotography #wildlife @wildlifeplanet #wildernessculture #getoutdoors #usfws
What did you do today #mondayblues #usfws
What a show off🦉⚡ Short-eared owls are the best!
What a show off🦉⚡ Short-eared owls are the best!
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How old were you when you were first introduced to a hobby that you now love? Photo at Holgate #usfws #njphotographer #rebf
How old were you when you were first introduced to a hobby that you now love? Photo at Holgate #usfws  #njphotographer  #rebf 
Divers on Palmyra in 1998, under the direction of Dr. Jim Maragos. See more photos from 4 decades of his visits to Palmyra in the archive! 
#palmyraatoll #ocean #islands #usfws #conservation #diving #scubadiving #freediving #coralreef #coral #lineislands #scientists
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Rp from @animal.radical - **BREAKING NEWS** Just saw this. It’s also all over the news and Twitter! Praying 🙏🏼 that this is true. 
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#Repost @antipoachingsa
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Please let this be true. 
President Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” Sunday and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice.

Following strong bipartisan criticism of the administration’s decision to allow imports of trophy carcasses, a practice was halted under the Obama administration, Trump had moved Friday to put the imports on hold. On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter that he would announce a final decision this week. He suggested that he does not buy the argument advanced by pro-hunting advocates within his Interior Department that the imports help protect endangered African elephants.

Trump wrote that he would be “very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.” For the full article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/19/trump-calls-elephant-hunting-a-horror-show-and-suggests-hell-enforce-a-ban-on-trophy-imports/
Rp from @animal.radical - **BREAKING NEWS** Just saw this. It’s also all over the news and Twitter! Praying 🙏🏼 that this is true. _ #Repost  @antipoachingsa ・・・ Please let this be true. President Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” Sunday and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice. Following strong bipartisan criticism of the administration’s decision to allow imports of trophy carcasses, a practice was halted under the Obama administration, Trump had moved Friday to put the imports on hold. On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter that he would announce a final decision this week. He suggested that he does not buy the argument advanced by pro-hunting advocates within his Interior Department that the imports help protect endangered African elephants. Trump wrote that he would be “very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.” For the full article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/19/trump-calls-elephant-hunting-a-horror-show-and-suggests-hell-enforce-a-ban-on-trophy-imports/
@Regranned from @elephant_news_network - 💥BREAKING NEWS💥

As a follow up to Mr Trump's statement regarding the review of reversing the ban on trophy hunting imports back into the US. 
According to a report from Huffington Post, Mr Trump has recently called trophy hunting a "horror show" adding that he's unlikely to change his mind and allow such imports. 
Big - game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal" he posted on Twitter on Sunday evening. 
It is without a doubt that we need to keep up the pressure to ensure the voice of the people, for not only elephants but all wildlife is represented and heard. 
@elephant_news_network #ennwecare 
Headliner credit - Huffington Post. 
Wording extrapolated from article by Chris D'Angelo. 
All views expressed are ENN. - #elephant #elephants #elefante #trophyhunting #donaldtrump #trump #ryanzinke #usfws #usa #us #wildlife #wildlifecrime #news #instanews #instadaily #photooftheday #instapic
@Regranned from @elephant_news_network - 💥BREAKING NEWS💥 As a follow up to Mr Trump's statement regarding the review of reversing the ban on trophy hunting imports back into the US. According to a report from Huffington Post, Mr Trump has recently called trophy hunting a "horror show" adding that he's unlikely to change his mind and allow such imports. Big - game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal" he posted on Twitter on Sunday evening. It is without a doubt that we need to keep up the pressure to ensure the voice of the people, for not only elephants but all wildlife is represented and heard. @elephant_news_network #ennwecare  Headliner credit - Huffington Post. Wording extrapolated from article by Chris D'Angelo. All views expressed are ENN. - #elephant  #elephants  #elefante  #trophyhunting  #donaldtrump  #trump  #ryanzinke  #usfws  #usa  #us  #wildlife  #wildlifecrime  #news  #instanews  #instadaily  #photooftheday  #instapic 
Pocket Gopher expanding the castle. @usinterior @wildlife @coparkswildlife @wildernesssociety @wildlifeplanet #gophers #pocketgopher #wildlife #wildernessculture #getoutdoors #usfws
“The Red Carpet”- fallen leaves along the Hellcat Trail. I looked EVERYWHERE I went this fall for a suitable pile of leaves for a photo like this. I ended up finding what I wanted in the least likely place, during a trip to the beach.
“The Red Carpet”- fallen leaves along the Hellcat Trail. I looked EVERYWHERE I went this fall for a suitable pile of leaves for a photo like this. I ended up finding what I wanted in the least likely place, during a trip to the beach.
Who else is going to have a winter wedding this year?! ❄️ ⛄️
Who else is going to have a winter wedding this year?! ❄️ ⛄️
Beautiful buck at Cherry Creek State Park near Denver @usinterior  @wildlife @coparkswildlife @wildernesssociety @wildlifeplanet #deer #buck #wildlife #wildernessculture #getoutdoors #usfws
Today we celebrate anniversaries for two of our preserves. Big Gun Preserve joined our family in 2010, permanently protecting 48-acres, and Oest Ranch-Lake Clementine Preserve joined us in 2009, permanently protecting 350-acres. ..
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Winslow WMA is such a varied place.  Typical pineforests, sections of hardwood forests, cedar swamps, and open grasslands are traversed by sugarsand roads and packed trails. The Great Egg Harbor River flows through here.
 It's close to home and makes for a quick out if we feel the need to be in the woods! 
#optoutside #intothewoods #wildnewjersey #takingthescenicroute #njforestry #usfws #now_jersey #just_newjersey #istoppedforthis #ipulledoverforthis #njisntboring #njspots #southjerseyisbeautiful #southjerseyadventures #fingerprintofgod #njkeepitgreen #sjshowus #route40
Winslow WMA is such a varied place. Typical pineforests, sections of hardwood forests, cedar swamps, and open grasslands are traversed by sugarsand roads and packed trails. The Great Egg Harbor River flows through here. It's close to home and makes for a quick out if we feel the need to be in the woods! #optoutside  #intothewoods  #wildnewjersey  #takingthescenicroute  #njforestry  #usfws  #now_jersey  #just_newjersey  #istoppedforthis  #ipulledoverforthis  #njisntboring  #njspots  #southjerseyisbeautiful  #southjerseyadventures  #fingerprintofgod  #njkeepitgreen  #sjshowus  #route40 
They way in......Back in the summer I had stopped here.  Chickory was in bloom and the field was buzzing with honey and bumble bees.  Butterflies were flittering among the flowers.  But it was so windy that I only got a couple of shots that were worth saving. 
Today, it was the need to get outside and the sunlight on the dry grass and the few remaining leaves that made me stop.

#optoutside #runningerrands #takingthescenicroute #southjerseyisbeautiful #southjerseyadventures #njpinebarrens #njforestry #usfws #istoppedforthis #ipulledoverforthis #now_jersey #just_newjersey #njisntboring #njspots #sjshowus #njkeepitgreen #route40 #njinbloom #fingerprintofgod #wildnewjersey
They way in......Back in the summer I had stopped here. Chickory was in bloom and the field was buzzing with honey and bumble bees. Butterflies were flittering among the flowers. But it was so windy that I only got a couple of shots that were worth saving. Today, it was the need to get outside and the sunlight on the dry grass and the few remaining leaves that made me stop. #optoutside  #runningerrands  #takingthescenicroute  #southjerseyisbeautiful  #southjerseyadventures  #njpinebarrens  #njforestry  #usfws  #istoppedforthis  #ipulledoverforthis  #now_jersey  #just_newjersey  #njisntboring  #njspots  #sjshowus  #njkeepitgreen  #route40  #njinbloom  #fingerprintofgod  #wildnewjersey 
Pitstop on my way home from running errands.  What a contrast here.  Trees still with some fall color.  Then trees with leaves that are mostly gone and the ones hanging on the branches are still green.  I guess, like some folks...trying to hang on to summer. 
Part of the grassy field had been mowed and the rest left tall for upland bird hunting.  It was so quiet here.  I was hoping to catch sight of a pheasant.  But just the occasional squawk of a bluejay in the trees.

#optoutside #runningerrands #istoppedforthis #ipulledoverforthis #usfws #njforestry #njpinebarrens #southjerseyisbeautiful #southjerseyadventures #now_jersey #just_newjersey #njkeepitgreen #sjshowus #route40 #njisntboring #fingerprintofgod #fallcolors #wildnewjersey
Pitstop on my way home from running errands. What a contrast here. Trees still with some fall color. Then trees with leaves that are mostly gone and the ones hanging on the branches are still green. I guess, like some folks...trying to hang on to summer. Part of the grassy field had been mowed and the rest left tall for upland bird hunting. It was so quiet here. I was hoping to catch sight of a pheasant. But just the occasional squawk of a bluejay in the trees. #optoutside  #runningerrands  #istoppedforthis  #ipulledoverforthis  #usfws  #njforestry  #njpinebarrens  #southjerseyisbeautiful  #southjerseyadventures  #now_jersey  #just_newjersey  #njkeepitgreen  #sjshowus  #route40  #njisntboring  #fingerprintofgod  #fallcolors  #wildnewjersey 
Confusing & complicated...
||On April 4, 2014 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a suspension on imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania & Zimbabwe during calendar year 2014. The ban was implemented under the Obama Administration in 2014 to boost conservation and anti-poaching efforts, which explicitly mentioned the elephant population of Zimbabwe as a concern.||
||On June 6, 2016 the Department of the Interior, through the Fish & Wildlife Service, published a final rule which revised the Code of Federal Regulations. This rule was promulgated under the authority of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for African elephants. This new rule went into effect on July 6, 2016. Here is the section pertaining to ‘Sport Hunted Trophies:’ Sport-hunted trophies have largely been allowed into the U.S. as long as certain requirements are met. The final rule’s big change to the previous rule is it limits the number of trophies that can be brought in to two (2) per hunter per year. This appears to be Fish and Wildlife’s attempt to balance the perceived good that sport-hunting does for a species and the outcry about the perceived harm it causes.|| *Trophy hunting occurs in 23 countries in Africa. What does President Trump’s possible lift of the elephant trophy ban mean for Zimbabwe and Zambia?
Confusing & complicated... ||On April 4, 2014 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a suspension on imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania & Zimbabwe during calendar year 2014. The ban was implemented under the Obama Administration in 2014 to boost conservation and anti-poaching efforts, which explicitly mentioned the elephant population of Zimbabwe as a concern.|| ||On June 6, 2016 the Department of the Interior, through the Fish & Wildlife Service, published a final rule which revised the Code of Federal Regulations. This rule was promulgated under the authority of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for African elephants. This new rule went into effect on July 6, 2016. Here is the section pertaining to ‘Sport Hunted Trophies:’ Sport-hunted trophies have largely been allowed into the U.S. as long as certain requirements are met. The final rule’s big change to the previous rule is it limits the number of trophies that can be brought in to two (2) per hunter per year. This appears to be Fish and Wildlife’s attempt to balance the perceived good that sport-hunting does for a species and the outcry about the perceived harm it causes.|| *Trophy hunting occurs in 23 countries in Africa. What does President Trump’s possible lift of the elephant trophy ban mean for Zimbabwe and Zambia?