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A black rhio horn mount.
This black rhinoceros horn mount was sold by an undercover special agent to a wildlife trafficker during Operation Crash. Credit: USFWS

Rathkeale Rovers Member Sentenced to Prison for Wildlife Trafficking

July 27, 2020
As a result of Operation Crash, John Slattery was sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for his role in the trafficking of black rhinoceros horns. The investigation revealed that he, and other Rathkeale Rover members, not only illegally bought, sold, and transported rhinoceros horn, but also falsified documents and lied to federal agents. Working closely with the Irish Government, he was arrested on August 1, 2019 in Ireland and extradited to the United States to be prosecuted.
DOJ’s Press Release: Irish National Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking in Rhinoceros Horns »
Collage of feature interns

Some of the interns we are lucky enough to work with. Credit: USFWS

Happy Latino Conservation Week

July 23, 2020
As the nation’s make-up changes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is privileged to partner with the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) to ensure that our next generation of conservationists looks like America. During Latino Conservation Week, we invite you to learn a little bit about the 2020 HAF Interns.
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The first common loon to hatch in southern Massachusetts in more than a century swims with its parents. Credit: Ericka Griggs

A Tiny Bird Makes a Big Splash in Southern Massachusetts

July 17, 2020
For the first time in more than a century, a common loon hatched this year in southern Massachusetts, a testament to a group trying to bring common loons back to the area. Working on a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration for an oil spill, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped direct settlement money to the group, ensuring that the work will continue.
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