South Africa Bans Leopard Hunting For 2016
South Africa has banned leopard hunting, saying they don't know the size of the leopard population and therefore hunting would be irresponsible.By Grant Suneson | January 25, 2016
They say a leopard can’t change its spots. But if you happen to spot a leopard in South Africa this year, you won’t be allowed to hunt it.
South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs told regional authorities not to allow any leopard hunts for the duration of 2016.
It’s not that the leopard population is down necessarily, although, the African Wildlife Foundation says they're near threatened. It’s just so difficult to track the big cats that researchers can’t provide a solid estimate on their population.