Today is Tuesday, July 22, 2014rss RSS feed
African Lion

Dallas Safari Club Urges Science Over Politics in Lion Conservation

Dallas Safari Club

Dallas Safari Club

DALLAS, TX - -( Anti-hunting activists have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the African lion as a threatened or endangered species. A decision is expected any day. Dallas Safari Club (DSC) officials are hoping for a ruling that favors science, not petitions.

“Political pandering in Washington D.C. won’t help lions,” said Ben Carter, executive director of DSC. “Lions need science-based, practical strategies that fit on-the-ground realities in Africa.”

Any listing under the Endangered Species Act could restrict or ban importations of African lion taxidermy, essentially stopping American hunters – and their money.

Carter says hunting gives game species real, monetary value in third-world countries. If lions are no longer valuable, then landowners, villagers and cattlemen will simply kill them off. Hunting also funds law enforcement needed to check poachers and black-market traffickers.

Carter said, “The precedent is clear: In Africa, when hunting goes away, so does the wildlife.”

Science shows that overharvest of young male lions could reduce long-term populations. In response, DSC in early 2013 began advising lion hunters to self-impose harvest restrictions. DSC defined the ideal huntable male lion as “at least six years of age and not known to head a pride or be part of a coalition heading a pride with dependent cubs.”

Science shows that hunting older male lions has no negative, long-term effect on populations.

More than 70 major safari operators, hunting industry leaders and top conservationists pledged support, and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation in April 2013 adopted a position modeled after the DSC policy.

Over time, Carter says, more-selective harvest will help conserve lion populations while keeping the overall conservation and economic benefits of hunting.

About Dallas Safari Club
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent nonprofit organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at

Ammoland Click to read AmmoLand FTC Marital Disclosures Distributed to you by - – The Shooting Sports News source.
  • One User comment to “Dallas Safari Club Urges Science Over Politics in Lion Conservation”

    1. Evan Cowart on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM said:

      I live in Boyd, Texas. Cheaper Then Dirt may support the Second Amendment, but they are not keen on concealed carry in their store located on I 820 and 35W. I buy there and have asked more then once about this and never got and answer, just a lot of bluster and bull. The store is not posted

      If they had a grain of brains they should be able to handle this, but apparently, not so. They are not the only ones with this attitude in Texas.

    Leave a Comment

    • Sign up Ammoland for your Inbox

      Daily Digest

      Monthly Newsletter

    • Recent Comments

      • Michael Rivera: The NFA is and always has been Unconstitutional, Therefore should not have been made a...
      • TEX: I really hate to see Gov.Perry leave office.But soon to be Gov.Abbott will be a tough,no nonsense,Gov.too. They...
      • BillCa: “Veterans are used to creating order in chaotic environments…” That’s it in a...
      • Eric: The Tea Party is too liberal . People need to start taking care of themselves instead of crying for free...
      • Eric: All these states keep violating my right to defend my self saying I need a permit as a non resident. Self...
    • Social Activity

    • Most Popular Posts

      • Google+ Direct Connect

      Copyright 2014 Shooting Sports News | Sitemap | Μολὼν λαβέ

      Win a Daniel Defense DDM4v9 Rifle

      Subscribe and receive our emails , the drawing will be August 15, 2014 maybe you will be the lucky shooter receiving a Daniel Defense DDM4v9 Rifle. For more information visit the Daniel Defense promotional page.
      Monthly email subscription from Ammoland