Latest Animal poaching and smuggling News

Man pleads guilty to killing endangered gray wolf

Aug. 19, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oregon man has pleaded guilty in the killing of an endangered gray wolf. The U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Oregon says Colton Dick of Oakridge pleaded guilty Monday to unlawfully taking an endangered species. Court documents say Dick used a rifle and scope to...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Authorities: Woman pulls gator from pants during stop

Aug. 15, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges. Florida prosecutors say a Charlotte County sheriff's...

Songbirds silenced as Colombia fights wildlife trafficking

Aug. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The metal doors of a shoebox-sized cage open up and a bird tagged #811 launches into a giant aviary. The palm-sized finch performs a midair pirouette, lands on a willow branch and curiously twitches its saffron-colored head sideways, as if surprised by its good fortune. "That's what...

Rhinoceros conceived artificially born at California zoo

Jul. 30, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conservation organization in San Diego says it has achieved the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America, an important step in saving another rhino species from extinction. San Diego Zoo Global announced that mother Victoria gave birth...

Fear, bribes, gangs, coyotes: A Guatemalan's trek to the US

Jul. 30, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — René, a 35-year-old man from Guatemala, stretched and paced inside a Tijuana warehouse as he awaited word that it was time for a three-day hike into California through the nearby mountains. It would be his second attempt to cross the border illegally in a little over a month....

Vietnam confiscates smuggled rhino horns worth $4 million

Jul. 29, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's customs authority has confiscated 125 kilograms of rhino horns worth up to $4 million in an air shipment. The state-run Vietnam News reported Monday that the 55 pieces of horns were concealed inside plaster blocks. They were discovered Thursday. According to the authority,...

South Sudan tries to protect wildlife after long conflict

Jul. 27, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BIRE KPATOUS GAME RESERVE, South Sudan (AP) — Charles Matthew secures his beret, slings a rifle over his shoulder and prepares a team for an overnight foot patrol in Bire Kpatous, one of South Sudan's game reserves that survived the country's civil war but are now increasingly threatened by poachers and...

A vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs makes salmon better

Jul. 22, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

It's no wonder salmon is so popular: Its flesh is rich-tasting thanks to high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A great way to ensure moist, tender salmon is to poach it. And a vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs offers surprising nutritional value. Poaching the salmon in just enough liquid to come...

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...