Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

Apr. 18, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice. Police said on Thursday that two Jewish minors intended "to cause provocations" by sacrificing the goats ahead of Passover. Two...

China seizes 2,700 ivory tusks in massive smuggling case

Apr. 15, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has seized more than 2,700 ivory tusks in what customs authorities are calling the country's biggest smuggling case in years. China's Customs Administration announced Monday that it confiscated nearly 7.5 tons (6,803 kilograms) of ivory on March 30. The illicit goods came from an...

Police detain 5 for critically endangered eel smuggling

Apr. 11, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained five men, including two Chinese citizens and a customs official, on suspicion of smuggling a critically endangered species of eel. Police said Thursday that four of the suspects allegedly purchased 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of...

Busts in Asia reveal scales from 38,000 endangered pangolins

Apr. 10, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine. The scales were linked to four species of...

AP Photos: India's sacred cow a symbol of rising nationalism

Apr. 8, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — As she patrols for cow smugglers, Sadhvi Kamal, a Hindu holy woman in a saffron robe, rides in a white SUV with a sticker on the rear window displaying a cow framed by swords and rifles. The words in the sticker's logo say, "The cow is the mother of the world." Kamal leads a vigilante...

Survey: More Mexican gray wolves roaming southwestern US

Apr. 8, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More Mexican gray wolves are roaming the American Southwest now than at any time since federal biologists began reintroducing the predators more than two decades ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday. Agency officials declared progress for the endangered species...

Rhino poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions

Apr. 8, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhinoceros poacher was stomped to death by an elephant and eaten by lions in a South Africa wildlife preserve, and rangers found just his skull and trousers, authorities said. The man and two others were hunting illegally at Kruger National Park last week when the elephant surprised...

Agency collects animals killed by cars, poachers for tribes

Apr. 1, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife agency. A recently launched program allows Arizona's nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the state Game...

Indonesia says arrested Russian smuggled orangutan, lizards

Mar. 25, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday they also found geckos and chameleons in the luggage of a Russian tourist who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali. Andrei Zhestkov was detained late Friday at Bali's international airport after security...

Baby eel fishermen hope for year free of poaching, shutdowns

Mar. 22, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishermen began several weeks of taking to rivers and streams to fish for baby eels Friday, which marked the start of a high-stakes season harvesters hope isn't interrupted by poaching concerns as it was a year ago. Fishermen in Maine use nets to harvest baby eels, called...