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Future of Scimitar-horned Oryx, Addax Antelope, & Dama Gazelle??



There has been a lengthy, on-going battle to save 3 of our beloved exotic species from what many believe will result in a very sad and unfortunate decline in currently thriving USA populations of each species.  We have just received word that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s ruling on the future status of the 3 African antelope species (scimitar-horned oryx, addax antelope, and dama gazelle) in the U.S has been made public, signaling a closing chapter in this epic saga.  We have received an advanced copy of the new rule that will be posted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service...

The new rule will take effect 90 days after its publication in the Federal Registry on January 5, 2012. This means that those breeders who currently own one or more of the species will have until April 4, 2012 to legally sell their animals of these three species.  The new ruling means that after April 3, 2012, ranchers housing these 3 species will no longer be able to breed, transport or harvest any animal without first going through the required permitting process to do so. 

It appears as though, the new permitting system will act much like those currently presiding over barasingha, eld’s deer, and red lechwe.  Permits for these animals generally take 6-12 months to acquire (but no one knows yet how long the new process for these 3 new species will take) and infringements come with harsh penalties due to their direct violation of the Lacey Act.  For these reasons (among others), most owners of the oryx, addax and dama species will elect not to apply for the permits,  all but forcing them to reduce or eliminate their current herds entirely.  

Thus, most hunting ranches will no longer offer hunting of these three antelope species after April 4, 2012.  The Triple S Wildlife Ranch loves all three species and hopes to continue their existence on our ranch for the long term. 

Please feel free to check out the following video from the 60 Minutes TV show documenting this unfortunate development in the exotics hunting industry. Hopefully one day, proponents of this new ruling will be able to explain to us how this could possibly be in the best interest of these amazing species long-term. 

Please Click Here to view the Youtube video addressing this issue


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