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Exotics Hunts in Texas: The Death of 3 Species

UPDATE – Exotic Hunts in Texas: Since 4-17-2014  it is now legal again to hunt for Addax, Dama gazelle and Scimitar-horned Oryx. Read more here.

On January 4, 2012 the US Fish and Wildlife Service repealed the regulatory exclusion for captive-bred African antelope species under the Endangered Species Act.  Basically, that’s a fancy way to say that they are no longer going to allow the hunting of addax, dama gazelle or scimitar-horned oryx CITES permits.  CITES permits are not easy to get and most ranches won’t go through the trouble of dealing with the US Fish and Wildlife Service just to be able to shoot these animals on their ranch.  It’s a little complicated to try and explain, but “60 Minutes” did a story on it and explained it very well….in my opinion.

If you are not a hunter this may be a good way to get a better understanding of the new ruling on exotic hunts in Texas.  If you are a hunter, this is amazing because CBS was actually very honest in the way they edited this.  Click here to view the “60 Minutes” story.

It’s very sad that the ignorance of a few is going to mean the death/extinction of 3 species.

If you’ve ever wanted to kill an Addax, Dama gazelle or Scimitar-horned oryx you have until April 4, 2012.  After that it’s going to be almost impossible.

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