It’s tough keeping abreast of rules regarding importation of hunting trophies under CITES and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Hunters importing wild goat and ibex trophies should be aware of some new import document requirements. We heard from both Maria Felix of Hunter International Brokerage Services and John Meehan of Flora and Fauna regarding seized or returned ibex trophies that did not arrive in the US with the new paperwork.
Felix told us, “Recently Pakistan listed their Capra hircus aegagrus (wild goat) and Capra sibirica, as CITES Appendix III species. If these species are hunted in a country that does not list them, such as in Turkey, USFWS now requires a CITES Certificate of Origin from the exporting country. What is surprising is that USFWS did not send out a public bulletin alerting that these species were now listed.”
Felix also contacted John J. Jackson, III, at Conservation Force about this matter for clarification. According to Jackson, a CITES member country can decide to list a given species as Appendix III without conferring with other party members. When a species is listed, the cooperation of other CITES countries is required to regulate trade of that species, and the origin of any trophy must be proved with a Certificate of Origin, which is now required for importation. Many countries simply use a CITES permit document. A Certificate of Origin proves that the trophy was not taken in the country that listed the species. If taken in the country that listed the species, trophies require a full CITES Appendix III export permit.
What hunters need to know is that documentation is now required for all ibex and wild goat. Capra sibirica specifically includes Siberian ibex, Himalayan ibex and Asiatic ibex. Capra hircus aegagrus includes Bezoar and Sindh ibex as well as others. Dennis Campbell of Grand Slam Club Ovis provided us with this list: Bezoar ibex from Turkey, Iran, or Armenia; Kri-Kri ibex from Greece or Macedonia; Sindh ibex from Pakistan; mid-Asian ibex from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan; Himalayan ibex from Turkey; Gobi and Altai ibex from Mongolia; and Altai ibex from Russia.
Any species listed on the CITES appendices will require documentation. When completing these documents, care must be taken to list the species name as it is given by CITES in the Appendices, which can be viewed at http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php. As Jackson tells it, USFWS will take any discrepancy as an occasion to flag a trophy shipment.
While USFWS did not warn the public about the new requirement for ibex and wild goat, the agency did issue a notice to the import/export community in 2008 explaining the Appendix III regulations and documentation requirements. The bulletin can be read online here: http://www.fws.gov/le/publicbulletin/PB040808RevisedCITESAppendixIII.pdf. There is also a link to a fact sheet for importers and exporters. If you have hunted wild goat or ibex, be certain to discuss these document requirements with your operator and importer/clearing agent.