Scientists Tell U.S.FWS African Lion Is Not Endangered

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  1. Bobpuckett

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 26, 2013

    Scientists Tell U.S.FWS African Lion Is Not Endangered

    Washington, DC Today, experts on the status of the African lion explained to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that the African lion is not on the brink of extinction. Their testimony contradicts the claims in a petition filed by several anti-rights groups asking the service to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
    Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) participated in an exclusive workshop hosted by the FWS. SCI Foundation Conservation Chair Dr. Al Maki outlined current conservation efforts across the lion's range and focused on Tanzania's successful management of the species.

    "Today's presenters and scientists agreed with SCI Foundation's position that the majority of African lion populations are secure," said SCI Foundation President Joe Hosmer. "We are glad that SCI Foundation's extensive lion population research could shape today's important conservation and thus prove the African lion is not on the brink of extinction."

    "With years of experience researching lions in southern Africa, I was originally concerned that the FWS's deliberations would not be based on the best available science," Dr. Paula White." I was pleased to see that the overwhelming evidence that was presented today demonstrated that lions are certainly not on the brink of extinction."

    "Lions reproduce like rabbits making habitat and prey the primary factor. Habitat and prey are secured for at least 100 years in the world's largest protected areas,"
    stated John J. Jackson, President of Conservation Force.

    "After today's successful meeting, the FWS will be faced with a decision whether to list the African lion on the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Our expectation is that it will not be necessary as the scientific research demonstrates that there are strong stable lion populations throughout southern and eastern Africa," said Dr. Al Maki. "

    The fact is that 70% of all African lions live in strongholds that are large, stable and well-protected.

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    About SCI Foundation's Conservation Programs for African Lions:
    SCI Foundation's mission is to fund and direct worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education, using its financial resources to support scientific and technical studies that categorically improve management practices for keystone species like African lions. SCI Foundation has provided the majority of financial support for research to be conducted on the conservation status of lions in Tanzania (2010), Mozambique (2009), Malawi (2010), and Zambia (2009) which included conservation strategy and action plan for the country.
     
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    Sounds good Bob! I hope the government pays attention to the science. Brian
     
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    Thanks for posting that Bob, I knew there was a meeting today but hadn't heard the news.
     
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    :laughing::laughing::laughing::crazylol::crazylol::crazylol::laughing::laughing::laughing: Our government LISTENS to everything.
     
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    Since when has scientific evidence made any difference in the USA :beatingdeadhorse: the anti's don't care about logic :wacky:
     
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    From: John J. Jackson, III [mailto:cf@conservationforce.org]
    Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:15 AM
    To: undisclosed-recipients:
    Subject: FWS Lion Workshop

    We won a round today against the listing of the African lion.
    Conservation Force's theme was that the future of the lion is not in doubt because of the enormity of the agreed upon "strongholds" the size of entire countries in other parts of the world. The lion reproduces like rabbits while its habitat and prey base is secured on many hundreds of millions of acres far exceeding the size of the protected areas in the USA. The best available scientific information in multiple estimates over the past decade consistently conclude in peer reviewed documentation that most lion (24,000) are in "strongholds" that are stable or increasing, and potentially viable for 100 years or more.
    Moreover, some promising populations and areas of growth have not been included. Conservation Force's questions of expert speakers throughout the unique 8-hour workshop and its Powerpoint presentation left no doubt that the lion should not be listed at all in its primary range today which is East and South Africa where 74 percent of its habitat and 90 percent of lion populations exist. The message caught many by surprise but once presented, could not be denied.

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    We will see how it works out, having hunted in the wolf overpopulated states of the US. I have seen first hand how scientific data is thrown right out the window for the bleeding heart anti-hunters.

    It also explains fully why we can't hunt polar bears :wacky: logic thrown out the door.
     
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    Thanks for sharing Bob! great news for us hunters!
     

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