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  • Several small turtles with yellow and brown shells being watered in a sink
    Information icon Mexican box turtles being watered before transfer to the Memphis zoo. Photo credit USFWS.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Works with Partners to Rescue Rare Turtles at Memphis Port of Entry

    May 24, 2021 | 4 minute read

    The shipment was declared as “gifts,” but U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialists weren’t convinced. They referred the large cardboard box to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) wildlife inspectors, who peered into the container only to discover baby formula cans lined with aluminum foil. They opened one. Inside was a white athletic sock. Inside that: Terrapene carolina mexicana, a Mexican box turtle tightly wrapped in duct tape. The rare turtle, and 19 more, were being illegally shipped through the United States en route to Asia at the Port of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.  Learn more...

  • Recruits and law enforcement officials pose for a photo in front of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge visitors center sign.
    Information icon Night Police Academy volunteers L to R: Barry Kincl, Craig Kistner, Taylor Bronson, Amanda Marsh, Julia Will, William "Buddy" Spence, Travis Helton, and Ben Daniels. Photo by Robin Will, USFWS.

    Law Enforcement volunteers plant imperiled wildflowers

    September 9, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Instead of firearms and handcuffs, volunteers from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Recruit Class 485⁄487- Night Law were wielding shovels and unloading rescued plants during a spring weekend at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Wading in mud and water and keeping an eye out for cottonmouths and pygmy rattlesnakes in the wetlands between the refuge’s Visitor Center and Education Building, academy students planted swamp milkweed, few-flower milkweed, and milkweed vine to provide host and food plants for monarch butterflies.  Learn more...

  • A scruffy looking white-tailed deer that appears to be ill and underweight.
    Information icon A white-tailed deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Photo by Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.

    Stopping a killer

    October 26, 2018 | 6 minute read

    Atlanta, Georgia — Two Louisiana men, who plead guilty to smuggling diseased white-tailed deer into Mississippi, were recently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $140,000 in fees and fines. The punishment sent an unmistakable message that law enforcement and conservation agencies take very seriously the threat chronic-wasting disease (CWD) poses to the South’s deer and deer-hunting industry. Their fears are well-founded. A sickly white-tail tested positive for CWD near Tupelo in early October.  Learn more...

  • Four released birds spread their wings and take flight towards the blue sky.
    Information icon Migratory birds take to the skies after being uncaged at Everglades National Park. The birds had been seized as part of Operation Ornery Birds. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Taking flight to freedom

    April 17, 2018 | 6 minute read

    About 130 birds were released April 14 into Florida’s River of Grass by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and partners at Everglades National Park headquarters near Homestead, Florida. The birds had been bought by undercover agents from illegal trappers and traffickers, and seized in a series of arrests in the days leading up to the release.  Learn more...

  • Three men standing together look on at a drone they’re controlling
    Information icon Jason Duke (middle), R4 GIS Coordinator and John Edwards (right), R4 IT Specialist for north Florida, practice flying the 3DR Solo UAS with DOI Office of Aviation Services instructor pilot Steve Stroud (left). Photo by USFWS.

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems take flight in Southeast Region

    December 20, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Have you heard the latest buzz? It’s not a rumor. That buzz is the sound of four whirring propellers that are part of the newest addition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) aircraft fleet. The Service recently purchased 35 3DR Solos, or drones. Also called unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), these drones have been used for more than a decade by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and U.  Learn more...


  • A small deer in the trunk of a car.
    Information icon One of three Key deer found in the car of two South Florida residents. Photo by USFWS.

    Defendants sentenced for illegal take of endangered Key deer

    November 1, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Two South Florida residents, who captured and restrained three Florida Key deer on Big Pine Key, were sentenced Oct. 31, 2017, in federal court in Key West for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Erik Damas Acosta, 18, of Miami Gardens, and Tumani A. Younge, 23, of Tamarac, previously pled guilty for their involvement in the July 2, 2017 incident in Monroe County, Florida. United States District Court Judge Jose E.  Read the full story...

  • Owner of Arecibo aquarium business pleads guilty to two federal Lacey Act felonies for illicit trafficking of protected corals

    August 23, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Aristides Sanchez, a resident of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to two felony violations of the federal Lacey Act for collecting, purchasing, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced. Sanchez was the owner of the Arecibo-based saltwater aquarium business, Wonders of the Reef Aquarium. A large part of the business was devoted to the sale of native Puerto Rican marine species that are popular in the saltwater aquarium trade.  Read the full story...

  • A mature bald eagle with white head and dark brown feathers perched on a dead tree limb just over a giant nest.
    Bald eagle perched at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of bald eagle nest destruction

    July 20, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) are requesting assistance with an investigation of the destruction of a bald eagle nest. An active bald eagle nest was destroyed in Berkeley County, South Carolina, in June 2017. The nest was in an area of woods being logged near the junction of Crowfield Boulevard and Corporate Parkway in Goose Creek, S.C. The Service is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to successful prosecution in this case.  Read the full story...

  • An adult bald eagle soars in front of a bright blue sky
    A bald eagle in flight at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

    Service offers $2,500 reward for information in death of bald eagle in Centre, Alabama

    March 10, 2017 | 1 minute read

    Wildlife investigators are offering a reward of $2,500 for information related to the shooting death of a bald eagle in Cherokee County, Alabama. The bald eagle was found in a community east of Centre near the intersection of County Roads 13 and 637. The Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction. To provide information, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, in Wetumpka, Alabama, 334-478-7900.  Read the full story...

  • Two veterinarians hold and measure an injured bald eagle.
    Information icon Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Avian and Exotics Resident, and fourth-year veterinary student Timothy Pearson from the Avian and Exotic Animals Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center examine a bald eagle that was shot. Photo: Avian and Exotic Animals Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers reward for information in Tennessee bald eagle deaths

    February 14, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot two bald eagles in the Tennessee River Valley recently. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the Service are investigating the shootings. There is a separate reward for each eagle. “We are especially angered by these actions because it is nesting season,” said TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Chris Combs.  Read the full story...

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