Latest Wildlife poaching and smuggling News

West Virginia officers stay busy tracking deer poachers

Jan. 25, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) — Trophy bucks are a transient phenomenon. Their antlers are fully grown for just four months of the year. During those four months, however, they create headaches for law enforcement officers. From early September, when a trophy buck rubs the velvety covering off its antlers, to...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, police look at items seized from store suspected of trafficking wildlife in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China virus outbreak revives calls to stop wildlife trade

Jan. 25, 2020 2:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. It's also raising questions about how it could happen again after the lessons learned from the 2002-2003...

New Mexico Game Commissioner Jimmy Bates, center, listens to a presentation during a meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commission voted to adopt changes to state trapping rules that include restrictions on where traps and snares can be placed. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

New Mexico commission approves wildlife trapping changes

Jan. 17, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Trappers now have to complete an education course and new restrictions will be imposed on setting wildlife traps and snares around designated trailheads and on select tracts of public lands in New Mexico under a measure adopted Friday by the state Game Commission. State wildlife...

Florida lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties for bear poaching

Jan. 15, 2020 4:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers moved Wednesday to stiffen penalties against illegal bear hunting to further deter people from poaching once-imperiled bears that some now consider a growing nuisance. A state House panel unanimously advanced a proposal that would increase fines and allow state...

2 Zimbabwe park rangers drowned by poachers in Lake Kariba

Jan. 7, 2020 8:06 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean authorities say they have retrieved the bodies of two park rangers who had arrested four poachers but were then thrown into Lake Kariba by the suspects. The bodies of the two rangers were taken to the capital, Harare, for examinations, said Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for...

This 2015 photo shows a set of trophy antlers of an illegally shot buck that Kansas officials have sold for $16,001 at a controversial closed auction in a state Senator's office Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that possession of the 14-point rack had prompted legislation and years of wrangling before Thursday's sale. It all started in 2011 when a poacher shot the buck in a rural area south of Topeka and fled with its head. After the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism seized the antlers the next year, land owner Tim Nedeau claimed rights to the rack that was taken from his family's land. Nedeau, outbid a representative of Bass Pro Shops. (Topeka Capitol Journal via AP)

Kansas official sells trophy deer antlers in closed auction

Jan. 4, 2020 10:40 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials have sold a set of trophy antlers from an illegally shot buck for $16,001 at a closed and unannounced auction in a state senator's office. Possession of the 14-point rack had prompted legislation and years of wrangling before Thursday's sale, The Topeka Capital-Journal...

Headless deer wrapped in plastic discovered in Wyoming

Jan. 2, 2020 12:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Investigators in Wyoming have reported a possible poaching case after someone found a deer without its head wrapped in a black plastic bag. The carcass was found along Ski Hill Road about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Alta, Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Tuesday. Jackson Game...

Collins proposal to curb wildlife poaching becomes law

Dec. 29, 2019 8:13 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bill backed by Maine's Republican senator that is designed to protect animals by cutting down on illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching has been signed into law. Sen. Susan Collins joined Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon in proposing the Rescuing Animals With Rewards Act....

2 caught, 4 others sought for deer hunting out of season

Dec. 23, 2019 11:01 AM EST

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials have cited two people and are looking for four others they say were deer hunting out of season over the weekend. Environmental officers responded to Burrillville on Sunday after getting reports of out-of-season hunters, according to Rhode...

Cola, 10-year-old female orangutan waits in a cage to be sent back to Indonesia at a Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Wildlife authorities in Thailand repatriated two orangutans, Cola and 7-year-old Giant, to their native habitats in Indonesia in a collaborative effort to combat the illicit wildlife trade. Cola was born in a breeding center from two smuggled orangutans which were sent back to Indonesia several years ago, according to the  Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand returns orangutans to their Indonesian homeland

Dec. 20, 2019 4:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Wildlife authorities in Thailand sent two orangutans back to Indonesia on Friday as part of a collaborative effort to combat illicit wildlife trade. Ten-year-old female Cola and 7-year-old male Giant were transported from wildlife sanctuaries in the western province of Ratchaburi to...