Exotic Wildlife Association
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes final rule listing two lion subspecies

This update provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

I am writing to inform you that on December 23, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will publish in the Federal Register a final rule listing two subspecies of lion under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Panthera leo leo, located in India and western and central Africa, will be listed as an endangered species, and Panthera leo melanochaita, located in eastern and southern Africa, will be listed as a threatened species.

The Service is also publishing a rule under section 4(d) of the ESA for P. l. melanochaita that supersedes section 9(c)(2) of the ESA for the otherwise lawful importation of wildlife listed in Appendix II of CITES that is not an endangered species. Under this 4(d) rule, all otherwise prohibited activities, including all imports of P. l. melanochaita specimens, require prior authorization or permits under the ESA. Permits or authorization to carry out an otherwise prohibited activity could be issued for scientific purposes, the enhancement of propagation or survival of the species, economic hardship, zoological exhibitions, educational purposes, or special purposes consistent with the purposes of the ESA.

Additionally, the Service Director has issued a Director’s Order that provides the Service the authority to deny future permit applications for activities, such as import of a sport-hunted trophy, to anyone who has previously been convicted of or pled guilty to violations of wildlife laws.

This rule, along with other information regarding this decision, can be found on our website http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/lion.html. Please contact me for further information or if you have any questions.

Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025
December 21, 2015
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