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  • Four rhino horns on a desk next to a podium with the US Fish and Wildlife logo.
    Rhino horns can sell for up to 35k per pound. These are about 3-5 pounds. Photo by USFWS.

    Owners of safari company indicted for illegal rhino hunts

    October 23, 2014 | 6 minute read

    The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Read the full story...

  • An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo.
    Information icon Adult Red wolf. Photo by Brad McPhee, Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

    Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of gunshot red wolf

    October 17, 2014 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead.  Read the full story...

  • Brightly colored aquarium coral and decorations.
    Combo rock containing product illegally collected or sold from the Florida Keys. Photo by USFWS.

    Idaho aquarium sentenced for illegal trafficking of marine life

    April 15, 2014 | 4 minute read

    Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Tracy Dunn, Acting Special Agent in Charge, NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, and Edward Grace, Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, announce that Idaho Aquarium, Inc. (IAI), located in Boise, Idaho, was sentenced today in Key West for conspiring to harvest, transport, and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks, knowing the marine life were taken, possessed, transported, sold, and intended to be sold in violation of the laws and regulations of the State of Florida, contrary to the federal Lacey Act, Title 16, United States Code, Sections 3372(a)(2)(A), and 3373(d)(1) and (2), all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  Read the full story...

  • A small alligator standing on sandy soil.
    Baby alligator relaxing on a beach. Photo by Molly Martin, USFWS.

    Michigan aquarium employee sentenced for illegal trafficking of marine life

    April 15, 2014 | 3 minute read

    Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Tracy Dunn, Acting Special Agent in Charge, NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, and Edward Grace, Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, announce that Joseph Franko, 35, of Romulus, Michigan, was sentenced today in Key West for conspiring to purchase, transport, harvest and sell sea fans, ornamental tropical fish and alligators, knowing the wildlife was taken, possessed, transported, sold, and intended to be sold in violation of the laws and regulations of the State of Florida, in violation of Title 16, United States Code, Sections 3372(a)(2)(A), 3372(a)(4), and 3373(d)(1) and (2), all in violation of Title 18,United States Code, Section 371.  Read the full story...

  • A dead florida panther laid out in the bed of a pickup truck.
    Information icon This Florida panther was killed in Troup County, GA on Nov. 16, 2008. Photo by Georgia DNR.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, partners offer reward for information about suspicious panther death

    December 19, 2013 | 2 minute read

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are looking for help from the public with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a Florida panther that was recently found dead in the Turner River Unit of Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County. For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the panther, the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association and USFWS are offering a combined reward of up to $12,000.  Read the full story...

  • Two white tundra swans with black webbed feet approach a lake surrounded by phragmites.
    Tundra swans coming in for a landing. Photo by Jeff Lewis.

    Wildlife officers seek information on tundra swan killings

    December 17, 2013 | 2 minute read

    One of two tundra swans found dead in south Warren County, KY. Photo by USFWS. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the unlawful killing of two tundra swans found in south Warren County, Kentucky. Two tundra swans were discovered by a bird watcher on Monday, December 9, 2013, in a ditch beside Old Springfield Road, near the intersection of Oscar Downey Road.  Read the full story...

  • A dead red wolf shows signs of decomposition in the understory.
    Information icon Gunshot red wolf found on private property north of the Town of Swanquarter, in western Hyde County, North Carolina, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Photo by USFWS.

    Federal officials request assistance in sixth gunshot red wolf reward up to $26,000

    November 21, 2013 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a sixth red wolf in the last four weeks. In the latest death, the federally protected wolf’s body was recovered from private property north of the Town of Swanquarter, in western Hyde County, North Carolina, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. The red wolf’s body had an apparent gunshot wound. Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible for the suspected unlawful take of a red wolf may be eligible for a reward.  Read the full story...

  • A dead red wolf with a gun shot wound to the body in the bed of a truck.
    Information icon Red wolf found shot in Washington County, NC on Nov. 18, 2013. Photo by USFWS.

    Federal officials request assistance regarding latest red wolf killing

    November 20, 2013 | 4 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a fifth red wolf in the last month. In the latest death, the federally protected wolf’s body was recovered from private property north of the town of Creswell, in Washington County, North Carolina, on Monday, November 18, 2013. The red wolf’s body had an apparent gunshot wound. Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible for the suspected unlawful take of a red wolf may be eligible for a reward.  Read the full story...

  • Local and national conservation organizations increase reward to $21,000 for investigation assistance related to red wolf deaths

    November 5, 2013 | 5 minute read

    Pledged contributions from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Red Wolf Coalition, Humane Society of the United States, and the Center for Biological Diversity have increased the reward amount for information on the suspected illegal take of two radio-collared red wolves that were found dead in two different locations in Washington County, NC. The first wolf was located on October 28, 2013, south of Roper and west of Lake Phelps, in central Washington County, NC.  Read the full story...

  • A red wolf in a semi-forested fenced enclosure.
    Information icon Red wolf at Virginia Living Museum. Photo by USFWS.

    Reward offered for information regarding red wolf death

    October 30, 2013 | 3 minute read

    The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead. The federally protected wolf was found with a suspected gunshot wound on October 28, 2013, south of Roper and west of Lake Phelps, in Washington County, North Carolina. Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible for the suspected unlawful take of this red wolf may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500.  Read the full story...

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