Latest Animal poaching and smuggling News

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...

In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 photo provided by the The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens shows female Western Lowland Gorilla, N'djia, and her newborn baby rest in their enclosure at the zoo in Los Angeles. The zoo announced the female baby gorilla was born on Jan. 18, 2020. The baby, who doesn't yet have a name, is the first gorilla born at the zoo in more than 20 years. (Jamie Pham/The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens via AP)

Baby gorilla born at Los Angeles Zoo is a girl

Feb. 10, 2020 8:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a girl. The Los Angeles Zoo announced Monday that its staff have determined the sex of a Western lowland gorilla that was born on Jan. 18. The baby had spent three weeks “bonding and clinging tightly to her mother,” a zoo statement said. The baby, who doesn't yet have...

FILE - In this March 16, 2018, file photo, a new U.S. advisory board is shown meeting for the first time to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos at the Interior Department in Washington. The Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker, File)

Interior Dept. drops trophy hunting council amid court fight

Feb. 10, 2020 8:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing significant legal challenges, the Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos. In a filing to a federal court in New York, an official...

Florida House acts to stiffen penalties on bear poaching

Feb. 5, 2020 4:39 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House moved unanimously Wednesday to increase the penalties for killing black bears, a once-threatened species. While bears remain off limits to hunters, wildlife advocates have pushed for stiffer penalties against poaching. As it stands, the penalties for hunting...

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo made available by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confiscated hammerhead shark fins are displayed at the Port of Miami. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that the shipment of dried fins was believed to have originated in South America and was likely bound for Asia. Officials estimate the total commercial value of 18 boxes of fins to be between $700,000 and $1 million. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Lawmakers seek to end Florida's key role in shark fin trade

Feb. 3, 2020 6:56 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — While Florida gains notoriety as the epicenter of the shark trade in the United States, state lawmakers there advanced legislation Monday that would ban the possession of shark fins. The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee endorsed that proposal, as well as another...

1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

Feb. 3, 2020 1:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of dried fins arrived in 18 boxes and was believed to have originated in South America, and likely bound for Asia. Officials...

Man convicted of illegally owning tiger cub seen on YouTube

Feb. 1, 2020 11:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man has been convicted of illegally owning a tiger cub that appeared in a video with controversial YouTube star Logan Paul. Nicholas Perkins, 33, was placed on probation for three years, ordered to pay nearly $6,000 in fines and $52,000 in veterinary bills after the...