Leopard Quota in SA for 2018

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  1. Royal27

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    https://www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/molewa_allocatesleopard_quota


    Minister Molewa allocates leopard hunting quota for South Africa for 2018

    12 August 2018

    Based on a determination by the Scientific Authority, the Department of Environmental Affairs has confirmed the quota for the trophy hunting of leopard (Panthera pardus) in South Africa for 2018.

    The quota has been allocated as follows: Five male leopard in Limpopo Province and two male leopards in KwaZulu-Natal. The leopard must be older males –seven years or older in both cases.

    It is important to note that the hunting of leopard is only undertaken in specified hunting zones where scientific evidence indicates stable leopard populations.

    The current determination is based on a review of available scientific information on the status of leopard populations in South Africa and an evidence-based assessment by the Scientific Authority.

    The Scientific Authority was established in terms of Section 60 (1) of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No.10 of 2004) (NEMBA) to assist in regulating and restricting the trade in specimens of listed threatened or protected species and species to which an international agreement regulating international trade applies.

    In making the recommendation, the Scientific Authority took into account data and reports from the National Leopard Monitoring Project and other inputs on leopard numbers.

    As part of an ongoing adaptive management approach, the Scientific Authority concluded that a small quota, restricted to older males and coupled with the implementation of appropriate management systems as set out in the draft Norms and Standards for the Management and Monitoring of the Hunting of Leopard in South Africa for trophy hunting purposes, would not have a detrimental effect on the survival of leopard in the wild. The new quota replaces a zero quota for the hunting of leopard in place since January 2016.

    The Scientific Authority has recommended that the quota be implemented in conjunction with the following actions:

    • Applications and hunt return data, including for leopards killed as Damage Causing Animals, should be managed at a national level by the Department of Environmental Affairs;
    • The Norms and Standards for the management and monitoring of the hunting of leopard in South Africa for trophy hunting purposes should be implemented. Until these come into effect, the principles and procedures contained in the draft Norms and Standards should be adhered to;
    • The private sector should be encouraged to participate in joint leopard monitoring projects that are aligned with best practice guidelines for leopard monitoring;
    • The ongoing threat posed by the unregulated trade in leopard skins by religious groups needs urgent attention - as available evidence suggests that this impact is much greater than trophy hunting;
    • Trend data must form the basis for any management decisions regarding hunting;
    • No hunting should take place where leopard populations are in decline or where there is an absence of scientifically robust data on leopard population trends
    It should be noted that quota allocation may change every year depending on the updated available scientific information on the status of leopard populations in South Africa.

    For media inquiries contact:
    Albi Modise
    Cell: 083 490 2871

    Editor’s Note:
    The leopard (Panthera pardus) has been listed on Appendix I of CITES since 1975. At the 4th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Parties adopted the first in a series of resolutions addressing trade in leopard skins. Resolution Conf. 4.13 (i.e. Trade in Leopard Skins) recognized that Panthera pardus is not endangered throughout its range and established export quotas and a tagging system for leopard skins from seven range countries. South Africa, as one of the range states of Panthera pardus, was allocated an annual quota of 150 leopards.


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  2. buck wild

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    getting one of these "rare" permits is going to be a circus, but at least it's a start
     
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    Ya I can just imagine the price on that hunt.
     
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    Well it's a start. Can someone remind me of the import rules for leopard trophies into America?
     

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    Thanks for sharing Royal.
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    Not easy to tell a 6 year old leopard from a 7 year old from an 8 year old. I imagine people will just shoot males and grease the palms of whoever is aging them......
     
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    Yeah, but just imagine the monsters that will be coming out of the Lowveld.
     

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    I know exactly where to find one in KZN. Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 11.35.09.png
     

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    With great authority I can tell he's five and a half, big for his age and thus, a non shooter.

    Nice try though. :A Tease:
     
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    A positive start for sure, thanks for posting
     

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    Beautiful picture BRICKBURN.
     

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    At least it's moving in the right direction. The opportunity for big cats will certainly there.

    A Limpopo based outfitter that used to post here has a tough time keeping leopards off his honey badger baits. They are a nuisance. Kind of sounds like the old days.
     
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    This is already Aug. Is this for 2019 or 18.
     

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    5 of the 7 is in Limpopo .... the Limpopo departement referred their allocation back to National as they are not sure how to allocate this ... time is running out . This allocation has been known for more than a month .... nothing happens . I doubt if anything will .

    Research done by Pantera concluded that on 7 year and older males there is absolute no impact on the population . So why only 7 out of 150 allocation with the 7 year male only criteria !??? It is an absolute JOKE ! Nobody in their scientific Authority can confirm the difference between a 4 , 5 , 6 or 7 year old cat . Most of them cannot even pick males and females apart .

    It can work in other African Countries where these cats live on Government land . SA private owners will never tolerate cats for 7 years in order to MAYBE one day get a return .... Females have NO value ....they are the supply chain . If Leopards can go extinct anywhere we are definately way ahead of anybody else in achieving just that . And the more we agree to comply we will be an accomplace to that .....
     

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    Everyone in Limpopo seemed to be talking about the permits but no idea on who got them. I think the palms have already been greased. But we did see some leopard tracks and apparently there was some trail cam pictures as well. The cats are definitely there! Nice to see it is moving in the right direction!
     
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    What would you suggest
     

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    Hunt north of the Limpopo!
     
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    There are hundreds of leopards killed the last 3 years ....way more than ever before . No landowner is going to tolerate cats for 7 years in order to maybe get a permit . Females which are the supply chain have ZERO value . How many will end up in a hole ?

    We have an allocation of 150 CiTES tags of which they only issued roughly 75 every year .52 of them in Limpopo ..There are probably between more than 600 leopards killed in Limpopo alone each year . The other all illegally by either landowners or the African muti trade snares poison and cars . If we can get a way higher quota and landowners know there is a REAL chance in getting something back for losses they would not just kill the leopards .

    If something does not have value nobody takes care of it . The Government is regulating the less than 10 % of leopards killed an do ZERO on the illegal killings . They would rather put their resources in trying to get an Outfitter cinvicted of hunting a leopard on the weong farm in the right zone than do anything about illegal killings .

    We need to put a value on these cats .... to help conserve them. We are ordered to hunt 7 year plus cats .... the other killings are indiscreminate ..... Where will we find these 7 year old cats in a few years ?

    They would make it past 2 .... To say it would be illegal to shoot a cat less than 7 will not bring the dead ones back .
     

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    How would this save the SA population ?
     

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    That would make him 14 years old now. Under this policy the kittens born on that ledge could be hunted next year.
     
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