July 25, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Efforts to save the rhinoceros in South Africa are failing, according to a report to the government by an independent expert. The report called for radical solutions: drones to track rhino poachers; de-horning of all South African rhinos; rhino farms; and legal trade in stockpiled and farmed rhino horn that could be auctioned or traded through a South African-based bourse. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 rhinos in the country have been killed, compared with 668 for the whole of last year.
December 14, 1988
Federal wildlife officials arrested or indicted scores of hunting guides and owners of sportsmen's clubs in Texas after a three-year undercover investigation that found widespread poaching and "flagrant violations" of laws regulating the killing of waterfowl. Justice Department officials said that 23 persons involved in commercial hunting operations in Texas were arrested in a sweep, and felony indictments were returned against about 50 others.
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October 29, 2003 |
Mother-and-son leaders of a West Coast caviar-poaching ring were sentenced to partially suspended jail terms Tuesday, capping a two-year effort to protect the largest freshwater fish in North America. Tamara Andreyevna Bugriyev, 51, and her son, Yuriy Stanislavovich Bugriyev, 28, sold roe from Sacramento-San Joaquin River white sturgeon in California, Oregon and Washington.
November 1, 1989
The California Department of Fish and Game has a program to curtail poaching: CalTIP. Since its inception in 1981, CalTIP (Turn In Poachers) has distributed individual rewards, up to $1,000 and totaling $83,400, to 359 anonymous informants whose information led to arrests. A person with information about the illegal taking of fish or game may call (800) 952-5400 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week or, at other times, contact a local sheriff and ask to be put in touch with a DFG warden.
April 7, 1988 |
Chinese authorities have arrested 203 people for illegal hunting of the endangered giant panda and recovered 146 pelts, representing about one in seven of all pandas alive at the last count, the World Wildlife Fund said Wednesday. "These are shocking revelations," William Reilly, president of the fund's U.S. affiliate, said in a statement.
October 2, 2004 |
Using elephant dung and skin samples, researchers said they were able to make a map of elephant DNA that could help track down ivory poachers. They are using their new method to track smuggled ivory seized in Singapore in 2002, the researchers from the United States and Tanzania reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
May 22, 1990 |
When Sealskin Charlie was the biggest ivory dealer in Alaska, he made enough money to buy houses in Seattle, Anchorage and Hawaii, and he used to brag that he and a partner made $3.5 million a year from walruses and elephants. Then Dave Hall and Walter Soroka arranged to buy a few hundred pounds of his goods. Representing a New Orleans ivory shop, they eventually offered to buy 100-pound lots of tusks from most major ivory dealers in Alaska--despite a new federal law to protect marine mammals.
December 6, 1992 |
U.S. and state law enforcement officials Saturday arrested six big-game guides and outfitters charged with illegally taking wildlife, including protected grizzly bears and wolves, in one of Alaska's largest sting operations ever. The arrests came amid national outrage over a plan by Alaska's game managers to use airborne hunters to shoot hundreds of wolves for the purpose of boosting caribou and moose populations in certain areas. The U.S.