The African elephant is a threatened species, a status that motivated President Obama to ban sport-hunted elephant trophies from entering the U.S. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has moved to rescind the ban, citing the benefits of hunting to conservation. Some 80,000 elephants live in Zimbabwe, and the country's elephant management program has been a success. But the ensuing public outcry at the announcement led President Trump to halt the move and ask for further review. While there are still many restrictions on legal game hunting, the conversation among sport hunters, conservationists, and those who fall in the middle continues.
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