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fl

he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service () announced
April  that it would suspend importation of sporthunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and
Tanzania for the calendar year. In a press release, the Service said "questionable management practices, a lack of
effective enforcement and weak governance" has resulted
in uncontrolled poaching and "catastrophic" population
declines of Tanzania's African elephant herd. "Anecdotal"
evidence of poisoning, it said, of  elephants last year in
Hwange National Park suggests Zimbabwe's elephants are
under siege.
"Given the current situation on the ground in both Tanzania and Zimbabwe, the Service is unable to make positive
findings required under the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
() and the Endangered Species Act to allow import of
elephant trophies from these countries," read the release.
"Additional killing of elephants in these countries, even
if legal, is not sustainable and is not currently supporting

conservation efforts that contribute towards recovery of
the species."
The decision applies to all elephants taken in the two
countries in .
In response, Safari Club International () released its
own statement, which read in part, " will do everything
in its power to fight this reckless decision that has no basis
in law, science, or conservation policy. International hunters
are the first line of defense for conservation, management,
and anti-poaching throughout Africa. When wildlife has no
value, it will most certainly be slaughtered indiscriminately."
This decision was made even though .. law has no
bearing in Africa. Such a move will not intrinsically help
the species.  said "millions" of conservationists worldwide were shocked by the move. Many hunters worry the
 ban could turn into forever. Anyone who booked
an elephant hunt for this year is fat out of luck. They can
postpone their safari, based on the hope  will rescind
the ban in the future. Then again ... see "forever."

Virginia Elk Restoration Continues
The next phase of Virginia's elk restoration project began in April, with the
arrival of the final group of animals from
bordering Kentucky. Approximately 
elk,  bulls and  cows ( of which are
pregnant) from Kentucky joined the 
to  existing elk in the War Fork region
of Buchanan County.
"What we're going to do now is
manage them," Allen Boynton, regional

wildlife manager with the Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (), told the Bristol Herald
Courier. "One way to do that is make elk
meadows, where we actively plant forage
that's attractive to them, and then they'll
tend to stay in that area."
According to the , public interest to restore elk in Virginia has continued to increase since the s. Elk were
  ❘

native to the state until the lack of habitat
and unregulated hunting of the species
eliminated them during the late s.
Though previous attempts to restore elk
have failed, the current restoration plan
includes considerations for biological,
sociological, economic and environmental issues. The goal is to grow the
population to about  before permitting restricted hunting.

 ❘  .

Photo: Windigo Images/Troy Batzler

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