An inspector from the Elizabeth, New Jersey, Office of Law Enforcement checks a shipment of dried frogs. Credit: Bill Butcher / USFWS
An inspector from the Elizabeth, New Jersey, Office of Law Enforcement checks a shipment of dried frogs. Credit: Bill Butcher / USFWS

Fighting the Odds to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

October 21, 2014
Darryl Fears of The Washington Post details the struggles of the Service's wildlife Inspectors and special agents as they work to stop illegal wildlife trade. His story points out that the number of Service employees on the ground intercepting illegal trafficking is almost unchanged from 30 years ago, but the job is much harder.
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Wilderness offers soul-stirring adventures. A hiker celebrates a breathtaking wilderness view atop Chupadera Peak at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: USFWS

Wilderness offers soul-stirring adventures. A hiker celebrates a breathtaking wilderness view atop Chupadera Peak at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: USFWS

New Vision Will Ensure Future Generations Can Enjoy Wilderness

October 20, 2014
The Service and its federal partner agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System have a new vision that will guide interagency collaboration to ensure the continued preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public lands. The 758 wilderness areas in 44 states and Puerto Rico protect large expanses of habitat that are home to hundreds of native species. The vision will help federal land management agencies protect and expand the benefits of our wilderness areas for people and wildlife at a landscape scale.
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Golden eagle feathers packaged for sale on the black market by feather traffickers were discovered during the investigation. Credit: USFWS

Golden eagle feathers packaged for sale on the black market by feather traffickers were discovered during the investigation. Credit: USFWS

Operation Silent Wilderness Stems Black Market Trafficking of Eagles, Other Birds

October 17, 2014
Operation Silent Wilderness -- a nationwide investigation by the Service and the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife – successfully disrupted and dismantled a large network of black market wildlife profiteers involved in the trafficking of eagles and other federally protected migratory birds. Recently, the last defendant in the probe was sentenced.
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