Latest Animal poaching and smuggling News

Zimbabwe urges sale of stockpile of seized elephant ivory

May. 17, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is seeking international support to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory, saying the $600 million it expects to earn is urgently needed for the conservation of its rapidly growing elephant population which it describes as “dangerous.” ...

Star of 'The Bear Whisperer' accused of illegal bear kill

May. 12, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who stars on a TV show called “The Bear Whisperer” has been accused of illegally killing a black bear in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park and lying about where it was killed. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor charges last Friday...

Search on for poacher who killed bear, dumped it off bridge

May. 06, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

LAGRANGE, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say someone illegally killed a bear and dumped it off a bridge, and they're working with a nonprofit group to offer a reward to help find out who did it. The Maine Warden Service received a complaint about the dead black bear in Lagrange...

Arrests in California sturgeon poaching investigation

Apr. 26, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife authorities have arrested nine people on suspicion of poaching sturgeon and other sea creatures and selling the animals on the black market, officials said. Officers were looking into two separate poaching cases starting last year when...

3 critically endangered Sumatran tigers lost to animal traps

Apr. 25, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers were found dead after being caught in traps on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the latest setback for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400, authorities said Monday. A female and...

'Lizard King' gets 7 months for trafficking Florida turtles

Apr. 20, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison followed by a year of home confinement for his part in a scheme to smuggle illegally harvested Florida turtles to China, Japan and other places. Michael Van Nostrand, 55, of Davie, was sentenced Tuesday...

2 men banned from hunting after Yellowstone grizzly poached

Apr. 20, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two Idaho men have been sentenced to jail time and banned from hunting for years after pleading guilty to poaching a grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said in a press release that Rex Baum, 79, pleaded guilty to a...

Oregon wolf population flounders after poaching, car crashes

Apr. 20, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The growth of Oregon’s wolf population slowed significantly last year because 21 animals were poisoned by poachers, hit by cars or were killed by wildlife officials after they attacked livestock, state wildlife authorities said Wednesday. The 2021 census...

US wildlife officials aim to address illegal wolf killings

Apr. 18, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prompted by a court order, federal wildlife managers have issued a new draft plan for managing Mexican gray wolves in the Southwestern U.S. in an effort to address illegal killings of the endangered predators. The plan calls for millions of dollars to be...

Wisconsin DNR ending sturgeon guards on Wolf River

Apr. 15, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is ending its practice of posting volunteer guards along the Wolf River to protect spawning sturgeon from poachers. WLUK-TV reported Wednesday that Sturgeon for Tomorrow has been posting guards along the river...