South Dakota Man is one of 33 Americans granted an African lion tag
By angelamontana

Posted: July 31, 2018

An eastern South Dakota businessman and seasoned big-game hunter is among nearly three dozen Americans granted permission since Donald Trump was elected president to bring back lion trophies from Africa, according to a wildlife advocacy group.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave a permit to Jon F. Dagel, of Florence, for whatever he may return should he bag a lion in Zimbabwe or possibly elsewhere on the continent, the Connecticut-based nonprofit Friends of Animals disclosed last week.

The 61-year-old nonprofit acquired the list of 33 permit applicants from 2016-2018 through a Freedom of Information request to the Fish and Wildlife Service. (article by Paul Walsh in the Star Tribune)

It might be worth applying for if you’re after a lion, and if you’re not after a lion, then don’t apply–or there is always the option to do what the ARAs are doing with the grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming, I suppose.  Friends of Animals supporters are notorious for harassing hunters and trappers, so it might be safe to assume Dagel and the other 32 Americans granted permits for an African lion are targets for many animal rights activists groups.

I say congratulations, Jon!

To read the full article about Dagel’s permit, click here.

(feature photo via WWF Go Wild)