In 2005 we added three species of African antelopes to the Endangered Species List.
Dama gazelle Photo Credit: Honolulu Zoo
At that time there were already large populations of these animals in the U.S., including on ranches that allow hunting of these species. Because captive breeding programs can ultimately aid in species survival, we created an exemption that allowed for activities, including hunting, to continue without permits that would normally be required.
We were challenged in court, and are now cancelling the prior exemption. The change takes effect April 4, 2012.
Here’s what holders of these species need to know:
IF you only want to own and breed these animals and you do not need to cull any animals, THEN you don’t need a permit.
IF you need to cull some of these animals for herd management or engage in interstate commerce of live animals, THEN you’ll need to register under the the Captive-bred Wildlife program. It carries a $200 fee, but is good for five years, and requires some annual reporting.
IF you want to allow people to hunt these animals on your property, THEN you must also obtain an interstate commerce/take permit at the cost of $100 per year.
We’ll need about 60-90 days to process your original permit applications, and about 30 days for renewals. As with the prior exemption, permits still only allow hunting for herd management to enhance propagation and survival of the species, not just to eliminate unwanted animals.
Addax Photo Credit: Louisville Zoo
By including these antelope species in the Captive-Bred Wildlife program, we can help document conservation successes. Sure, the new requirements may mean a little more paperwork and expense than before, but these more formal processes will lead to better understanding of current and future populations and the long-term survival needs of these species.
Scimitar-horned oryx Photo Credit: National Zoo
And that’s something we can all support.
Click here to get more info on the new rule and access the permit applications.