SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) 04/23 — State wildlife officials say they have uncovered an international scheme in which thieves from Korea and China slip into wild landscapes in Northern California to pluck succulents to sell on the thriving black market in Asia.Read more »
By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) 04/24 — A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing an even greater threat to Asia’s wild herds than the ivory trade.
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) 09/27 — Hundreds of vultures in Namibia died after feeding on an elephant carcass that poachers had poisoned. Poachers in Zimbabwe used cyanide to kill dozens of elephants for their ivory tusks.Read more »
By KELVIN CHAN and KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) 09/16 — In most cases, the conviction of a Thai man trafficking rhino horns through a bizarre scheme that involved hiring prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters would have marked the end of the story.Read more »
PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press BREWER, Maine (AP) 08/07 — Changes in the worldwide sushi industry have turned live baby American eels into a commodity that can fetch more than $2,000 a pound at the dock,
JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER HONOLULU (AP) 07/06 — A college student who graduated from one of the most prestigious high schools in Hawaii — former President Barack Obama’s alma mater — is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for slaughtering vulnerable seabirds at a nature reserve.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) 05/26 — Two Florida men who state investigators said were found with 500 sea turtle eggs have been arrested.
Treasure Coast Newspapers report that Raymond Saunders and Carl Cobb,
ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) 05/20 — Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) 05/15 — Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) 05/10 — A South African rhino orphanage that closed after being attacked by poachers will be turned into a wildlife rehabilitation center.
JAMES NORD and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) 04/29 — A two-year undercover operation that led to indictments against 15 people for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds offers a rare window into the black market for eagle carcasses,
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) 03/12 — The Massachusetts fishing magnate known as “The Codfather” is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.
PARIS (AP) 03/07 — A zoo director says a 5-year-old rhinoceros at the wildlife park he runs near Paris has been shot three times in the head by poachers who stole the animal’s ivory horn.
PERRYVILLE, La. (AP) 01/08 — A Louisiana wildlife agent has been hospitalized after being shot multiple times while on patrol.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 25-year-old Tyler Wheeler of Monroe stopped a vehicle while patrolling in Morehouse Parish at about 2 a.m.
BENJAMIN SPILLMAN, Reno Gazette-Journal BURNEY, Calif. (AP) 12/13 — Tony Magarrell isn’t very relaxed for someone who just spent a week in the lush backcountry canyons of Lassen National Forest,
JOHANNESBURG (AP) 10/31 — Conservationists in Zimbabwe are reporting the death of an old lion who was a companion of Cecil, the lion whose illegal killing by an American hunter last year prompted an international outcry.