Leopard Hunting - Status Report

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  1. BRICKBURN

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    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.
    http://www.africahunting.com/latest-hunting-news/7707-leopard-skins.html

    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.

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    Interesting data, thanks.
     
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    Definitely an imperfect system!
     
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    Yes very interesting ! The provinces with zero stats eg. Northern Cape , Eastern Cape , Western Cape , Gauteng , and Freestate do not issue any Cites tags ! Most interesting is that they figure Mpumalanga has 75 % of the Limpopo numbers of leopards and they only have 20% of Limpopo's permits. If you look at the success rates it looks like we could surpass 100 % in Limpopo soon !We have much higher numbers of leopard than their estimates ! The 150 permits counts for nothing if they do not issue them !
     
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    The provinces are allotted the permits by request/application to Environment.
    Mpumalanga province wildlife must not be applying for them, at least in these two years.
    Kruger Park certainly influences the Leopard Numbers and I would suspect a few might walk out of the park. :)

    The Permits don't count for much if the Provinces don't request/ apply for them for sure.

    If the poaching is as rampant as it appears it is no wonder KZN does not allow more permits. There is already a huge harvest. (I doubt all those Leopard are from KZN though).
     
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    All PAC permits have been stopped in Limpopo, no way to obtain these anymore. Very true words Richard.. See you at the next Limpopo liaison meeting!

    My best!
     
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    Wonder if that means they are going to allot more permits for hunting the Leopards.
     
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    No more PAC permits, because some pastor take care of the problem....:biggrin2:
     

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