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Juvenile Bald Eagle

Bald eagle returned to the wild after months of treatment due to shooting

Dec. 23, 2011

A juvenile bald eagle is returned to the wild after months of treatment due to shooting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.

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Asian Arowana

Queens man who smuggled rare fish in suitcase sentenced to one year in jail

Dec. 21, 2011

A Queens man was sentenced to one year in jail for smuggling Asian arowanas into the U.S. Asian arowanas, a bony-tongued, freshwater fish are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and are often sold for up to $8,000 a piece on the black market. The defendant, Chee Chaw, was also fined $4,000.

Read More from the New York Daily News >>

African Elephant

Ivory Smuggler Pleads Guilty

Dec. 6, 2011

Lin Feng Xu, an antique dealer in China, pleaded guilty today to smuggling and violating the Endangered Species Act in connection with the illegal export of African elephant ivory in his carry-on luggage. In pleading guilty, Xu has admitted that he attempted to export 18 ivory carvings, worth approximately $50,000.


Educational Kit

Wildlife Inspector Jennifer Irving discusses the New England District's Wildlife Educational Kit

Nov. 30, 2011

In this video, Wildlife Inspector Jennifer Irving tells the stories behind items in the New England District, Office of Law Enforcement's wildlife educational kit.

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Chase Savage

Honoring our Veterans: Chase Savage

Nov. 18, 2011

Wildlife Inspector Chase Savage enlisted in the United States Marines Corps in 2003 and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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Wood Turtle

N.J. man pleads guilty of Lacey Act charges in the purchase of threatened turtles;
Produces public service video as part of sentencing

Nov. 3, 2011

Albert Roach, an online reptile dealer, was sentenced to one year of probation during which he is prohibited from dealing reptiles of any kind for purchasing threatened turtles across state lines.


Juvenile Bald Eagle

Bald eagle shot in Stuyvesant, N.Y.
Reward offered for information about shooting

Oct. 18, 2011

Officials are seeking assistance from the public with the investigation into the shooting of a juvenile bald eagle in the Nutten Hook State Unique Area in Stuyvesant, N.Y. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.


Ozark Hellbender

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists Ozark hellbender as endangered
and protects hellbenders in international trade

Oct. 12, 2011

The Service today designated the midwestern Ozark hellbender as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act and also finalized its decision to list the Ozark and eastern hellbenders in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. CITES is an international agreement to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered or extinct as a result of trade. Collection of hellbenders in the U.S. is a growing concern, and listing hellbenders in CITES will enlist the help of 174 other countries to curb unauthorized international trade.


Sperm whale ivory

Sperm whale ivory smuggler sentenced to prison

Aug. 3, 2011

A Nantucket resident, who made a living making and selling scrimshaw, was sentenced Aug. 1, in federal court on multiple counts of conspiracy, smuggling, and making false statements to federal agents, relating to illegal importation of sperm whale ivory which is used in the trade.

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Philadelphia businessman indicted for African elephant ivory trafficking

July 26, 2011

The owner of an African arts store in Philadephia has been arrested and charged with 10 felony counts for orchestrating the smuggling of elephant ivory from Africa and selling new carvings to customers in the United States as antiques. Service special agents, whose investigation secured conspiracy, smuggling, and wildlife trafficking counts against the defendant, seized approximately one ton of African elephant ivory linked to the man's business during the course of the investigation.

About African elephant conservation >>

WV Eagle

Four bald eagles shot in West Virginia: Reward offered for information about shootings

June 21, 2011

Officials are seeking assistance from the public with the investigations into the shootings of four bald eagles in West Virginia. From Jan. to April of this year, four bald eagles were found shot in the state, two already dead and two that later died from gunshot wounds.


Bill and Mike

Anderson and Fusco honored at Northeast Region Awards Ceremony

June 14, 2011

New York District Resident Agent in Charge Bill Anderson and Wildlife Inspector Michael Fusco receive Employee Appreciation awards.


Agents Firing Shotguns

Special agents complete firearms qualifications

June 10, 2011

Special agents of the Northeast Region's Office of Law Enforcement took part in their bi-annual firearms qualifications. Agents were re-qualified in a variety of weapons including a .40 caliber handgun, pump-action shotgun and AR-15 assault rifle.

See the photos on Flickr >>

Long-tailed Duck

Hunting guide sentenced for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

June 8, 2011

Roy S. Larson, 63, of North Tonawanda, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, to a charge of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Larson was sentenced to a three year revocation of his U.S. Coast Guard, Merchant Mariner Credential and a one year revocation of his New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hunting and fishing license. As part of the plea, the defendant also forfeited his 1998 19 foot Lund motorboat and his boat trailer, valued at approximately $5,000, to the NYSDEC.


Atlantic Salmon

Maine man sentenced to prison for taking, selling endangered Atlantic salmon

May 12, 2011

Mark Cox was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty in January for taking and selling endangered Atlantic salmon from the Piscataquis River in Maine. The case was the result of a cooperative investigation by the Service's Northeast Region Office of Law Enforcement and the State of Maine's Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Since 2001, Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine have been listed as an endangered species, due in part to overfishing and poaching. The Service is part of a multi-agency restoration effort designed to produce a thriving Atlantic salmon population in Maine so future generations can once again enjoy a vibrant stock of the popular fish.

Read more from the Bangor Daily News >>


Brooklyn trading company owner charged with illegally importing live snakehead fish

April 28, 2011

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and Salvatore Amato, Special Agent in Charge, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in the Northeast Region, today announced that Yong Hao Wu, a co-owner of Howei Trading, Inc., of Brooklyn, has been charged with illegally importing snakehead fish, which are dangerous to indigenous fish populations.

News Release >>
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LE Kid's Day

Law Enforcement Kid's Day brings out the child in all of us

April 22, 2011

On Earth Day, Fri., April 22, the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. District Court hosted a Law Enforcement Kid's Day at the federal courthouse in Boston, Mass. Hundreds of children from around the region viewed exhibits from several law enforcement agencies including the Service's Chelsea, Mass. Office of Law Enforcement. As you can see from the photos, the event was a real hit!

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, One Year Later - In Their Own Words

April 20, 2011

Employees from the New York District Office of Law Enforcement who were deployed to the
Gulf reflect on the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.



Senior Special Agent Cottrell named Northeast Region's 2010 Officer of the Year

April 18, 2011

Senior Special Agent Randy Cottrell has been named the Northeast Region's 2010 Officer of the Year. SSA Cottrell will be honored today at the 67th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference for his dedication and commitment to conservation law enforcement over the past year.


Buyer Beware

Service unveils “Buyer Beware” exhibit at Logan Airport

April 5, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the unveiling of a wildlife exhibit at Logan Airport, entitled, “Buyer Beware.” The exhibit, opening at 10 a.m., showcases products made from endangered and protected wildlife species designed to educate international travelers about the hazards of purchasing wildlife products abroad and importing them back into the United States.


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William Woody

Woody Named Law Enforcement Chief

Mar. 8, 2011

William C. Woody, who previously directed law enforcement and security programs for the Bureau of Land Management, has been tapped to serve as the new chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement. As chief, he will oversee the efforts of the agency's special agents, wildlife inspectors, forensic scientists, and enforcement support staff as they work to protect fish, wildlife and plant resources both nationally and internationally.

News Release (pdf 39KB) >>

NY Ivory

Illegal ivory importers sentenced to prison

Mar. 3, 2011

The final two defendants among six convicted of illegally importing elephant ivory disguised as African handicrafts have been sentenced to prison. Kemo Sylla and Mamadi Doumbouya were sentenced to 10 months and 14 months incarceration, respectively, for their felony convictions under the Lacey Act, which, together with the U.S. Endangered Species Act, prohibits the sale or transportation of protected wildlife, including elephant ivory.

DOJ News Release >>

Sperm Whale Tooth

Mass. man receives 33 months in prison for trafficking in narwhal tusks and sperm whale teeth

Mar. 2, 2011

David Place, owner of Manor House Antiques Cooperative in Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced to 33 months in prison yesterday for illegally importing and trafficking in narwhal tusks and sperm whale teeth. Narwhals and sperm whales are both protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

DOJ News Release >>


New York Man Fined for Violating Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Jan. 19, 2011

A New York man pleaded guilty this month to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with a hunting and fishing guide service on the Niagara River. Joseph Cinelli, of Grand Island, N.Y., was fined $5,000 and his U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's license was revoked for three years as a result of the Jan. 2010 incident. Cinelli pleaded guilty to the same offense in 2007.

News Release (pdf 12KB) >>

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