Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

North Dakota man told to pay $74K for poaching mule deer

Jul. 9, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been ordered to pay $74,000 in restitution for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in northwestern New Mexico. The state Department of Game and Fish reported Wednesday that Cody Davis also was ordered to make a $3,000 donation to the Operation Game Thief program....

6 men sentenced for poaching 19 animals in east Idaho

Jul. 4, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — A judge has sentenced six men in eastern Idaho after they pleaded guilty to poaching 16 elk and three mule deer, authorities said. Jay Reeder, Brandon Porter, Rick Earl, Jesse Earl, Dustin Hollingsworth and Brian Miller reached plea agreements for killing the 19 animals near Preston...

Northeast Indian state bans sale of dog meat amid protest

Jul. 4, 2020 5:54 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Authorities in India’s northeastern state of Nagaland have banned the sale of dog meat and halted the import and trading of dogs to be used for food, officials said Saturday. The remote Christian-majority state’s Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said in a tweet that the state...

In this supplied photo a dead elephant lies in the bush in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Monday May 25, 2020.  Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses, with 275 found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks.(Photo via AP)

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

Jul. 3, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said it is mobilizing human personnel and...

East Tennessee man pleads guilty to killing elk, faces jail

Jun. 25, 2020 4:06 AM EDT

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An east Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing an elk that was part of a university study, wildlife officials said. Sean Doney, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking hunting-related state laws in the December killing of a cow elk in the North Cumberland Wildlife...

This November 2014 photo provided by the Wildlife Trust of India shows a leopard caught in a trap in a forest in Karnataka, India. Authorities in India are concerned a 2020 spike in poaching not only could kill more endangered tigers and leopards but also species these carnivores depend upon to survive. (WTI via AP)

Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa

Jun. 22, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A camera trap photo of an injured tigress and a forensic examination of its carcass revealed why the creature died: a poacher’s wire snare punctured its windpipe and sapped its strength as the wound festered for days. Snares like this one set in southern India's dense forest have...

FILE In this June 21, 2016 file photo, a black bear lounges in a tree in a neighborhood near Adventure Island in Tampa, Fla.  Black bears, once a threatened species in Florida, will get stiffened protections against poachers, some of whom see the animals resurgence as a growing nuisance. Gov. Ron DeSantis agreed to increase the penalties against illegal bear hunting to further deter hunters from killing the once-imperiled creatures. The bill was among a slate of 21 pieces of legislation the governor signed Saturday, June 20, 2020. (James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida governor stiffens penalties against bear poaching

Jun. 20, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Black bears, once a threatened species in Florida, will get stiffened protections against poachers, some of whom see the animals resurgence as a growing nuisance. Gov. Ron DeSantis agreed to increase the penalties against illegal bear hunting to further deter hunters from killing...

Florida man fined for illegally killing black bear in Alaska

Jun. 16, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Florida man has been fined $8,000 for illegally killing a black bear in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Matthew M. Scoble on Monday fined James L. Connolly, 63, of St. Petersburg, Florida. Connolly was also ordered to forfeit the bear hide...

Bear with 3 cubs euthanized after being shot by poacher

Jun. 13, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

BRANCH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities said a bear with three cubs was shot by a poacher in northern Michigan. Officers from the Department of Natural Resources found the bear Thursday in a creek in Oceana County's Branch Township. The bear was struggling and was euthanized while the cubs were in a...

Texas man pleaded guilty in cacti smuggling case

Jun. 12, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man pleaded guilty in connection with a West Texas ring that smuggled rare living rock cacti, a plant that wildlife officials say is a protected species. Harry George Bock II of El Paso pleaded guilty Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Pecos to one count of mislabeling...