According to the website of Global Sporting Safaris, sport hunting has been temporarily suspended in Uganda. Their source here said the suspension is largely based on questions around the ability to set appropriate quotas. This is in line with the concerns expressed at the stakeholder meeting in February that I reported on here, where most people questioned whether the Uganda Wildlife Authority has credible population estimates of the wildlife in the country.
Interestingly, I didn’t find anything about this suspension on the Wildlife Authority site, but I am encouraged that they are willing to listen to scientific and public concerns and reevaluate the sport hunting system.
Even though the pilot phase for sport hunting has been going on for nearly ten years, I have spoken to very few people who are even aware that it has been happening. This might speak favorably that the hunting has not affected many people directly in a negative way, but it also means that the public has not been properly informed or allowed to comment.
Whether they end up reinstating sport hunting or not, I expect the decision will be received more favorably by all after feeling like the various voices have been heard.
Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala
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