Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

Wolf illegally shot in NE Oregon, police investigating

Jan. 13, 2022 19:05 PM EST

WALLOWA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for someone who illegally shot and killed a wolf in northeast Oregon. A resident called state troopers Saturday after finding a 2-year-old female wolf fitted with a tracking collar dead...

US to close Gulf ports to Mexican fishing boats for poaching

Jan. 12, 2022 21:17 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government will prevent Mexican fishing vessels from entering U.S. ports on the Gulf of Mexico, arguing the Mexican government has not done enough to prevent its boats from illegally fishing in U.S. waters. Starting Feb. 7, Mexican fishing boats in the...

Washington state wildlife manager accused of poaching

Jan. 12, 2022 18:53 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employee has been accused of poaching. The Ferry County prosecutor last month charged Fish and Wildlife north-central region director Brock Hoenes with second-degree unlawful hunting of big game, The...

Reward offered for poaching of elk in northeast Tennessee

Jan. 05, 2022 04:05 AM EST

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials are offering a $4,000 reward for information about the poaching of an elk that was shot to death in northeast Tennessee. A hunter reported finding a dead bull elk on Dec. 31 in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in Claiborne...

Zoo welcomes baby giraffe; he's already learning to run

Dec. 30, 2021 16:11 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Zoo has welcomed a baby giraffe to its group of six Masai giraffes. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the male calf was born Tuesday, but was not expected to come along until 2022. He is yet to be named. The zoo in Norfolk expects to...

Suspect arrested in Arizona bear killing with bow and arrow

Dec. 25, 2021 19:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of a bear with a bow and arrow near Taos in October. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday a man was charged in Taos Magistrate Court with unlawful killing of big game by shooting from the road and failing to...

Wildlife agents find men who dug up sea turtle nests in SC

Dec. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EST

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Three young men on vacation at a South Carolina beach dug up a marked loggerhead turtle nest causing 71 of the 90 eggs not to hatch, wildlife officials said. The men posted video of themselves digging up a nest marked with orange tape and signs on Folly...

Indonesian court sends to jail elephant poacher and traders

Dec. 15, 2021 05:48 AM EST

IDI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Wednesday handed down prison sentences for five men accused of being involved in killing a Sumatran elephant and illegally trading its ivory, as local conservation authorities look to protect the endangered species. The court in Aceh...

No jail time for hunter who smuggled bear into North Dakota

Dec. 10, 2021 16:12 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended no jail time for a Wisconsin man who smuggled a bear carcass from Canada into North Dakota. The Wisconsin hunter brought the bear from Canada after exceeding a limit in Manitoba by killing two bears in the same year, KFGO-AM...

Reward offered after two albino deer killed in Virginia

Dec. 08, 2021 14:48 PM EST

STUART, Va. (AP) — An albino deer and her fawn were shot and killed illegally in a Virginia county, and the sheriff is offering a reward for information leading to whomever is responsible. “We get an albino deer once in a while in Patrick County,” game warden Dale Owens told...