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Stories with subject: Animal poaching and smuggling
  • Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory en route to China story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 9:41 am

    BERLIN - Customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

  • Hunters in Africa say they have a role in conservation story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:31 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - In 1909-10, Theodore Roosevelt headed a Smithsonian hunting and trapping expedition in Africa that included colleagues who prepared the wildlife he killed for shipment back to America. The former U.S. president and his son, Kermit, shot hundreds of animals.

  • Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting lion story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 2:13 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July.

  • Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:49 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said Saturday.

  • 2 Yakima County men sentenced for killing eagles 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 11:58 pm

    YAKIMA, Washington - A 21-year-old Yakima County man has been sentenced to three months of incarceration for illegally killing an eagle and offering feathers for sale.

  • 2 accused of taking $10000 worth of alligator eggs illegally 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:50 pm

    GRAND CHENIER, Louisiana - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it confiscated $10,000 worth of alligator eggs from two southwest Louisiana men accused of collecting them without a permit.

  • Wandering black bear returns to Indiana after Michigan visit 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 2:35 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - A wild black bear that's been roaming far northern Indiana for nearly two months has returned to the state after a short trip home to Michigan, and wildlife officials are waiting for it with live traps baited with delicacies.

  • Zimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:18 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

  • Planned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:41 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.

  • AP Exclusive: AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:16 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship.

  • Celebrity mule deer in Twin Falls killed 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 2:34 pm

    TWIN FALLS, Idaho - A hunter accused of killing a pillar of the Twin Falls community is facing not murder but poaching charges after he allegedly killed a celebrity buck from the area.

  • Officials seek information in pronghorn poaching 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 12:56 pm

    LARAMIE, Wyoming - State officials are seeking information on a pronghorn that was shot on state land about eight miles west of Cheyenne.

  • Missouri man fined for illegally hunting in Iowa 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 8:48 am

    BEDFORD, Iowa - A Missouri man convicted of illegally hunting in southern Iowa has been fined and told to forfeit deer antlers.

  • Furniture business admits smuggling endangered abalone, fish 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 12:23 am

    SAN DIEGO - Federal prosecutors say a Los Angeles-based furniture business has pleaded guilty to smuggling endangered seafood.

  • Paper: Most US-Mexico border smugglers are Americans 
    Updated: Jul-18-15 4:38 pm

    PITTSBURGH - The smuggling of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border relies heavily on American labor, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review found in an eight-month investigation that paints a portrait of the network of smugglers known as "coyotes."

  • $2 million project restoring oyster reef in Virginia river 
    Updated: Jul-18-15 11:49 am

    REEDVILLE, Virginia - Contractors are using ancient shells to restore an oyster sanctuary in the Great Wicomico River. In the $2 million joint venture between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, workers dredged 10,000-year-old "fossil" shells from the James River to create the 12-acre oyster reef. The work will elevate the 6-inch reefs that were built more than a decade ago. The Army Corps found that taller 1-foot reefs are better at keeping out sedimentation. Living oysters will naturally take hold of the ancient material and grow there, but they will not be harvested. They are intended to restore the Chesapeake Bay's vastly depleted oyster stocks and provide habitat for other marine creatures, such as another signature bay catch: blue crabs. Oysters also help keep the bay clean. A single adult oyster can purge as many as 50 gallons of water a day. In the past some of the oysters on the reef were poached. The Corps and Marine Resources are teaming for enforcement actions to deter poaching. Work on rebuilding the sanctuary is scheduled to take one month. The area is part of 85 acres set aside in the Great Wicomico for oyster sanctuaries.

  • South African rhino orphanage cares for victims of poachers 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 10:54 am

    ENTABENI SAFARI CONSERVANCY, South Africa - They are the most vulnerable victims of South Africa's rhino poaching scourge, the baby rhinos that survive the shooting deaths of their mothers.

  • 2 charged with poaching deer in Vermont 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 3:38 am

    STANNARD, Vermont - Two Northeast Kingdom men are facing charges of poaching deer this spring.

  • Dog drama: Johnny Depp's wife charged with smuggling pooches story has photos
    Updated: Jul-16-15 7:11 am

    SYDNEY - Johnny Depp's wife, Amber Heard, has been charged with illegally bringing the couple's dogs to Australia - an incident that captured global attention after the nation's agriculture minister angrily ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death.

  • In Puerto Rico, US officials seize endangered fish bladders 
    Updated: Jul-14-15 7:27 pm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. officials in Puerto Rico have seized a load of fish bladders taken from an endangered species and stuffed inside packages that were shipped from Venezuela and destined for Hong Kong.

  • Conservationists: St Maarten site offers illegal sea turtles 
    Updated: Jul-12-15 1:34 pm

    PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A conservation group in St. Maarten says a local Internet marketplace has illegally offered endangered sea turtle hatchlings.

  • Lions benefit from elephant poaching in Mozambique park 
    Updated: Jul-09-15 10:58 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The lion population has increased in a major wildlife park in Mozambique partly because heavy poaching of elephants has provided the carnivores with a bounty of carcasses to eat as well as vulnerable elephant calves to hunt, a conservationist said Thursday.

  • Mozambique destroys ivory, rhino horn in anti-poaching move 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 1:08 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Mozambique destroyed a large stockpile of confiscated ivory and rhino horn on Monday in an effort to curb severe poaching, the government said.

  • Thailand seizes illegal ivory in crates marked as 'marble' 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:06 am

    BANGKOK - Thai customs officials said Monday they seized 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of ivory - or about 130 tusks and pieces - hidden in crates being shipped from Africa to Asia.

  • Wounded game warden avoided felony illegal hunting charges 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 5:07 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden who was illegally hunting when he was shot in 2013 was allowed to keep his job and face a fine rather than felony charges, according to a newspaper report Sunday.