2015-12-20. After Cecil Furor, U.S. Aims to Protect Lions Through Endangered Species Act.

posted Dec 22, 2015, 7:40 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Dec 22, 2015, 7:40 PM ]
By Erica Goode, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 1. Excerpt:  the Obama administration has decided to place lions in Africa under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, an action that will set a higher bar for hunters who want to bring lion trophies into the United States. Lions in central and West Africa will be listed as endangered, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service, which announced the change on Monday. Lions in southern and East Africa will be classified as threatened, with a special rule that prods countries to regulate sport hunting of lions in ways that promote conservation. ...n a recent study, scientists projected that without major intervention, the number of lions in Africa could be halved in the next 20 years. Only about 20,000 lions remain on the continent, according to some estimates. But the killing of Cecil, a lion that had been lured out of a protected national park, seemed to galvanize public attention....  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/science/us-to-protect-african-lions-under-endangered-species-act.html