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Zimbabwe auctions big game to hunters

Updated: March 9, 2006, 2:03 PM ET
Associated Press — March 9, 2006

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Foreign hunters bid a total of $1.5 million to shoot leopards, lions, elephants and buffaloes in Zimbabwe this year, state media reported this week.

In an annual state trophy hunting permit sale Friday, 64 local agents and foreign hunters, including bidders from Austria, Germany, Russia, Spain and the United States, paid $40 each to kill a lion, the state Sunday Mail newspaper reported.

Bidding for permission to hunt an elephant exceeded $20,000 per ...

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