RSCN was mandated by the government in 1973 to monitor and control hunting activities all over the kingdom and to enforce wildlife protection laws through the implementation of article 57 of the Agriculture law No. 44 (2002), in addition to any related By-laws and regulations.
As the result of illegal and uncontrolled hunting during the beginning of last century, several mammalian and bird species became extinct throughout Jordan (including the Arabian Oryx, Mountain Gazelle, Leopard and Ostrich). Nevertheless, hunting is still considered to be part of life’s natural process. Such reasoning can be accepted as long as hunting is approached in a sustainable manner.
Soon after its establishment, RSCN created Jordan’s first hunting patrols consisting of rangers. RSCN began building rangers’ capacities in order to enforce wildlife protection laws and to control hunting. Presently, the enforcement of the wildlife protection laws is more effective than in the past. The percentage of compliance is continuously increasing, especially after RSCN joined forces with the rangers dept. of the police, which was established recently with a mission of enforcing all environmental related legislations, and forest ranger service to regulate illegal hunting more effectively.
But RSCN is still in need of support from hunters. If all hunters could be encouraged to stick to the present hunting laws and regulations, the threat to wildlife would decrease in Jordan, allowing for the existence of more game species for hunting.