Leopard Hunting - Status Report
After running into the exposure of ONE tailors effect on the Leopard population in South Africa I decided to look a little further and see if I could find anything else interesting about Leopard hunting in South Africa.
South Africa has a CITES agreement for 150 Leopard per year.
The fellow in this video apparently wanted to cover that quota or nearly that quota on his own, with some help of local suppliers.
The Minister of Environment was asked, a year ago, to provide a written answer to several questions about the Status of Leopard Hunting in South Africa and its relationship to CITES quotas.
The following table shows the results of that report.
There were only 101 Leopards hunted legally in South Africa in both 2009 and 2010. Two thirds of what this tailor managed to collect himself.
There are almost as many PAC permits as hunting permits awarded in some provinces.
You can see the permits actually awarded and those actually hunted in the table.
So, if you get sold a Leopard hunt in the Free State you may want to rethink it. :)
Of course these stats are only what is provided in a very imperfect reporting system. From the video report alone there are stats from the Cape area that are obviously missing.