Was curious on this matter, I do not have any vested interest in it other than clarification. According to the USFWS website, leopards have been upgraded from Endangered to Threatened. Does this mean that the Endangered Species Act is not applicable to them anymore? Can leopard skins and mounts now be sold and bought interstate?
Anyone have any info on this?
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Threatened = CITES II
Kind of like a bobcat or lynx.
It probably means that in 10 years, you'll be able to sell them interstate. They'll just have to have jewelry attached (CITES tag) or CITES permit papers from Africa.
For now, treat them as CITES I like before.
They dropped the Bald Eagle off the list completely but you still can't even touch one without getting arrested. Being upgraded or downgraded means very little without accompaning legislative change.
Why 10 years though?
I read about the Bald Eagle, but that is covered under a specific act.