Emergency Hunts

A federal court in Alaska denied the state’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prohibit the opening of hunts in remote communities in the state to address Covid-19-related food shortages. The state claims the Federal Subsistence Board violated the Open Meetings Act and other statutes by delegating authority to local land managers to open emergency hunts.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Trophy Hunters From Bringing Back Leopard Skins to US

U.S. regulations that let big game hunters import leopard trophies from four African nations violate U.S. law, because the government failed to show that hunting the big cats — which face declining habitat and other threats — would not put the species at risk, three non-profits said in a federal lawsuit Wednesday.

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Judge Won’t Fast-Track Permits for Importing Elephant Trophies

Pointing to the strain on government resources during the coronavirus outbreak, a federal judge refused Thursday to expedite the issuance of permits that would allow hunters to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport into the U.S.

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Hunting and Fishing

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was obligated to disclose the names and email addresses of everyone who applied for a hunting or fishing permit pursuant to a citizen’s public records request, an appeals court in the state ruled. The state argued disclosure of the information threatened the privacy of residents and could open hunters up to harassment.

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