Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

Woman arrested at US border with sloth, crocodile parts

May. 28, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) — A Montreal woman has been arrested on charges of trying to cross the U.S. border into Canada with “numerous undeclared wildlife items," including a three-toed sloth, 18 crocodile skulls and heads and seven crocodile feet, according to documents filed in...

Florida couple pleads guilty to attacking bears with dogs

May. 19, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A married couple has pleaded guilty to using doughnuts and pastries to lure black bears in rural Florida, allowing packs of dogs to attack them and then posting the gruesome videos on social media. Charles Scarbrough entered guilty pleas of conspiracy...

Romania investigates case of bear killed by Austrian prince

May. 05, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Romanian police will investigate a possible poaching case involving an Austrian prince who is reported to have “wrongly” killed a massive male bear in a trophy hunt on a visit to the country’s Carpathian Mountains in March, authorities said Wednesday. ...

San Diego boat wreck kills 3, shows risks of ocean smuggling

May. 03, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A tractor-trailer slams into an SUV at an intersection on a remote California desert highway, killing 13 of 25 people crammed inside the late model Ford Expedition. A man dangles a toddler over a border wall near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, allowing her...

3 slain while filming poaching in Burkina Faso flown home

Apr. 30, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The bodies of two Spanish journalists and an Irish wildlife activist killed by jihadists in Burkina Faso this week while they were filming a documentary on poaching were flown home Friday as several European countries vowed to keep fighting extremism in Africa's Sahel region....

Florida House votes on bass, squirrels and school safety

Apr. 27, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Largemouth bass. Flying Squirrels. School safety. Those are the issues the Florida House sent to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday. Lawmakers are in the final week of their annual legislative session — the time when bills start flying...

Two Spanish reporters, Irish activist killed in Burkina Faso

Apr. 27, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Two Spanish journalists and the Irish director of a wildlife foundation were killed Monday in an ambush in eastern Burkina Faso, the Spanish government and officials in the African country said Tuesday. The two journalists were working...

2 Montana men cited over helicopter poaching of wolves

Apr. 25, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana men have been cited over illegally poaching two wolves from a helicopter in the Big Hole Valley. The Billings Gazette reports that Dalton Thomas Tamcke, 30, and Justin Samuel Peterson, 22, told wildlife authorities they were hunting...

Landowners increase reward for elk poachers

Apr. 08, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

KEENE, N.D. (AP) — A group of anonymous landowners near Keene have added more than $1,000 to a reward fund for information about poachers who killed two bull elk in the area. The Bismarck Tribune reported Thursday the eight landowners have...

2nd juvenile bald eagle fatally shot in western Indiana

Mar. 29, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SHELBURN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers are investigating the second shooting death of a juvenile bald eagle in western Indiana this year. Officers located the second dead eagle in a rural area of northern Sullivan County about 8 miles west of the town of...