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  • Shelves upon shelves of confiscated wildlife parts from big cats including tigers and leopards.
    Information icon Illegal wildlife property, heads of cats. Photo by Ryan Moehring, USFWS.

    Wildlife Law Enforcement

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforces federal wildlife laws that protect imperiled plants and animals around the world. We investigate wildlife crime, including wildlife smuggling, and ensure that visitors to our National Wildlife Refuges have a safe experience.  Learn more...

Articles

  • A brown and black raptor takes flight from a tree limb
    Information icon Harris’ hawk. Photo by khyri, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Two Harris’ hawks seized in North Carolina returning home to Texas

    December 18, 2009 | 4 minute read

    A pair of Harris’ hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and brought to North Carolina, are being treated to a plane ride back to their south Texas home today, the culmination of nearly two months of effort that included law enforcement officers, raptor biologists, and Delta Air Lines. In October, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department received a tip about the birds through their Operation Game Thief wildlife crime stoppers program.  Learn more...

News

  • 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 reward for information on bald eagle shooting

    April 16, 2010 | 1 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted a reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for shooting a bald eagle during the last week of March (possibly on the 25tt -27th) in Pearlington, Mississippi, about 40 miles northeast of New Orleans. The shooting may have occurred while the eagle was perched in a tree. Passersby found the wounded eagle and took it to the Pet Haven Veterinary Hospital for surgery.  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.

    Eagle shooter sentenced in Tampa, Florida

    June 8, 2009 | 3 minute read

    Jesse Barresse of Hudson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tampa today for intentionally shooting and killing a bald eagle, while he was illegally duck hunting in Ruskin.  Read the full story...

  • A deal bald eagle on its back in the lab.
    Information icon Eagle carcass recovered at Norris Lake. Photo by Dr. Rhoda M. Ralston, DVM, Senior Veterinary Medical Examiner.

    Lab confirms lead poisoning cause of death of bald eagle found at Norris Lake

    May 28, 2009 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory has concluded analysis of the bald eagle carcass found on Norris Lake in late February of 2009. The necropsy (an autopsy most commonly performed on animals) ruled out death by gunshot wounds, chemical poisoning, trapping, or power line electrocution. Lab personnel, in consultation with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, determined the eagle’s liver contained elevated levels of lead, leading scientists to conclude the eagle died of lead poisoning.  Read the full story...

  • A huge bin of crushed ivory pieces.
    Crushing our ivory sends a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. Photo by Kate Miyamoto, USFWS.

    Endangered species wildlife on luxury yacht in south Florida results in conviction, seizure and forfeitures

    May 13, 2009 | 5 minute read

    MIAMI, FL – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations; James Gale, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Southeast Region, and Harold Woodward, Director of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), announced that Ruzial, Ltd. (Ruzial), a Cayman Islands corporation, pled guilty on May 11, 2009 to felony charges of attempting to import and thereafter transport approximately twenty-nine (29) wildlife items that included specimens of various protected species, knowing that the wildlife was transported and possessed in violation of the laws, treaties, and regulations of the U.  Read the full story...

  • A bald eagle flying straight at the camera in front of a bright blue sky.
    Bald eagle at Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Neil Mishler, USFWS.

    Reward offered for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in Cumberland county

    April 22, 2009 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating a shooting of a bald eagle in the Westel area of Cumberland County. A reward of up to $5,000.00 is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting the eagle. In addition to the reward of $2,500, offered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has authorized up to $1,000, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has added an additional $1,000, and the American Eagle Foundation has agreed to provide $500 to make the reward total up to $5,000.  Read the full story...

  • A bald eagle perched with its wings spread.
    A bald eagle prepares for flight. Photo by Richard Keen / RMA.

    Reward offered for information about bald eagle death on Lake Norris

    April 10, 2009 | 1 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating the death of a bald eagle. The eagle was discovered along the shore of Lake Norris near Point 16 at the end of February, its carcass mutilated and parts removed. A reward of up to $2,500.00 is being offered for information which leads to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of this eagle.  Read the full story...

Podcasts

  • Two reddish brown hawks perched on a fence post.
    Harris hawks. Photo by Emilio del Prado, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Harris’ hawks return to Texas

    February 9, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. A pair of Harris’ hawks, unlawfully captured in Texas and brought to North Carolina, were recently treated to a plane ride back to their south Texas home, the culmination of nearly two months of effort by law enforcement officers, raptor biologists, and Delta Air Lines. In October, officers with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department received a tip about the birds through their wildlife crime stoppers program.  Learn more...

  • A yellow and black bee lands on a bright pink/purple flower.
    Bee at a Heller’s blazing star flower. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Poaching a threat to our natural heritage

    January 19, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript A South Dakota man was recently convicted in federal court for smuggling leopard parts into the United States in a case that exposed illegal hunting in South Africa and the laundering of rare animal parts through Zimbabwe. However, illegal trade in plants and animals is not limited to cats from Africa or orchids from South America. Sadly, it happens right here in the Southern Appalachians as well. The region is home to the bog turtle, North America’s smallest turtle, and the victim of a vibrant trade in rare reptiles despite being federally protected.  Learn more...

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