Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

Alaska man charged with illegally killing polar bear

Jul. 14, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been charged with the illegal killing of a polar bear in violation of federal law. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik shot the bear outside his home, leaving the carcass there for five months without salvaging any part of it, according to federal prosecutors. "Mr. Gordon...

One boy's tale of family separation heads to court

Jul. 12, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

BUDA, Texas (AP) — There were water balloons at Byron Xol's birthday party — bunches of them, filled a dozen at a time. He squeezed them with both hands, until the water burst on his face and chest. "Super good!" the 9-year-old yelled, again and again. It's a new catchphrase — but then, Byron...

Thousands of endangered animals seized in customs operation

Jul. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that's led to the seizure of thousands of endangered animals and the arrest of nearly 600 suspects. The World Customs Organization and Interpol said Wednesday...

Man pleads guilty to stealing lemur from California zoo

Jul. 8, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who stole a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo has pleaded guilty to a federal crime. Nineteen-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach entered the plea Monday to unlawfully taking an endangered species. He could face up to a year in federal prison and a...

5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda

Jun. 24, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries were transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park on Monday. Two male and three female eastern black rhinoceroses were released into protective enclosures and will eventually be introduced...

Man caught at JFK smuggling 34 finches in hair curlers

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a 39-year-old Connecticut man has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F. Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for singing competitions. Francis Gurahoo was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana....

Japan pushes 300 North Korean boats out of fishing grounds

Jun. 18, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese coast guard said Tuesday its patrol boats have been pushing back hundreds of North Korean boats trying to poach in fishing grounds rich with squid off Japan's northern coast. More than 300 North Korean boats have been forced out of Japan's exclusive economic zone near Yamatotai...

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park

Jun. 15, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years. The apparent...

Feds: African ring smuggled rhinoceros horns, ivory into US

Jun. 13, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York have charged four African men with trafficking millions of dollars' worth of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said Thursday the conspiracy involved the poaching of some three dozen endangered rhinoceroses and more...

Thai tycoon gets additional year in prison in poaching case

Jun. 11, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon on Tuesday was sentenced to an additional one year in prison for bribing a park ranger in relation to a high-profile case of poaching endangered animals in a wildlife sanctuary last year. A Bangkok court said in a statement that it sentenced Premchai Karnasuta, the...