Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for poaching big game

Mar. 29, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A western Washington man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for hunting violations in one of the largest poaching cases in state history. Jason Hutt, 29, of Sequim was sentenced last week in Clallam County Superior Court after entering an Alford plea to five...

In this photo taken Dec. 11 2012, a park ranger wearing a mask walks past a mountain gorilla in the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo.  Congo's Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world's mountain gorillas, has barred visitors until June 1 2020, citing

Africa's mountain gorillas also at risk from coronavirus

Mar. 22, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable species: Africa's endangered mountain gorilla. Congo's Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world's mountain gorillas, is barring visitors until...

Mississippi wildlife agency: Nearly 100 turkeys poached

Mar. 16, 2020 3:35 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least four people were arrested following an 11-month investigation that determined nearly 100 turkeys had been poached, according to wildlife officials in Mississippi. The group was believed to have trespassed on 15 properties in Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln...

Idaho wildlife officials investigate sturgeon poaching

Mar. 9, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State wildlife authorities are investigating a poaching incident after a sturgeon carcass was found in the Boise River. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received the report of the carcass in the river near a Boise bridge on March 3. A conservation officer who investigated found...

California woman gets probation for rhino horn smuggling

Feb. 25, 2020 7:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman who helped illegally trade the horns of endangered black rhinos is avoiding prison. Nhu Mai Nguyen was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles federal court to three years of probation — including a year of home detention — and ordered to pay a $2,000...

2 elk illegally killed in Kentucky; authorities offer reward

Feb. 24, 2020 4:08 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky are asking for the public's help in finding those responsible for poaching two elk. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said on its Facebook page that two bull elk were poached on Thursday in the Ball Creek area of Knott County. The post...

Elk and pronghorn poaching investigation underway in Montana

Feb. 15, 2020 1:04 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are investigating the illegal killing of elk and pronghorn in Park County. Game wardens on Thursday found three cow elk that had been shot from a road south of Livingston and their meat left to waste, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks...

Smuggled elk poses a mystery for Montana wildlife officials

Feb. 15, 2020 10:21 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — It reads like a forensic crime drama - and in a very real sense it is. A Montana game warden learns of an unusual elk shot along the Rocky Mountain Front. The animal has physical peculiarities unlike anything the department has seen before. Genetic testing reveals that the young...

In this photo taken Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020, Adine Roode, founder of the Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development center (HERD), plays with Khanysia, a five-month-old albino elephant in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Khanysia was severely wounded by a manmade snare set by a poacher in the lower Kruger park . She was found days later severely dehydrated and brought to the Hoedspruit elephant reab center.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Orphaned albino elephant recovers from poacher's snare

Feb. 14, 2020 11:15 AM EST

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) — Khanysia did not see the trap set by a poacher in South Africa's Kruger National Park. She dove head first into the sharp wire snare, which cut her mouth, face and underneath her ear and chin. It was days before the four-month-old albino elephant was found badly dehydrated...

This Dec. 30, 2019, photo taken by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and released by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows one of seven parrots allegedly smuggled into the United States at Derby Line, Vt. Jafet Rodriguez, of Pennsylvania, was arrested and is due in federal court Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Burlington, Vt., to face charges he smuggled seven parrots into the United States by carrying them across the Quebec-Vermont border at Derby Line. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)

Man charged with smuggling parrots into the United States

Feb. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with smuggling seven parrots into the United States by carrying them across the Quebec-Vermont border. A federal court affidavit alleges that Jafet Rodriguez picked up the birds from a car parked in Canada outside the Haskell Free Library and Opera...