February 22, 2009 |
They look like hamsters on growth hormones, bark like dogs and swim as fast as otters -- all reasons why chiguiros, the world's largest rodents, are an object of unending fascination for zoologists and wildlife enthusiasts. But ranchers here in northeastern Colombia fail to see the attraction. They claim that the rodents, which stand knee-high to humans and weigh as much as 120 pounds, consume valuable pasture, foul drinking water and spook their horses and cows.
October 12, 1988 |
A group of 160 Thai fishermen arrested on charges of poaching in Vietnamese waters returned home Tuesday after Thailand paid $1,000 each for their release.
January 18, 2009 |
The country's financial tumult is exacting a toll on wildlife in California and Florida, where game wardens are seeing a surge in poaching for money as the economy declines. In California, where officials are calling 2008 "The Year of the Extreme Poacher," state records show that arrests for the illegal killing of game birds, deer, bear, fish and abalone, which fetch $100 a pound, have risen dramatically since 2005. One man was arrested four times for poaching lobsters in a La Jolla marine conservation area.
November 16, 2003
How sad and despairing I felt as I read your Nov. 8 article on the cruel destruction of the salmon and bear population in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. It seems that only an international effort can save this region from the scourge of poaching and illegal hunting. I thank you for bringing to light a problem that can be solved if enough people become aware of it, angry about it and take action toward a solution. Ultimately, the end of such poaching will only come about when the need for bear gallbladders is no longer there; when people come to their senses and stop buying the products made from these animals' body parts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2009 |
A San Diego man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to poaching undersized lobsters in the waters off Mission Beach, City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said Monday. Jason Bryan Chavez was caught with 46 lobsters in the trunk of his car about 2 a.m. May 18, when a San Diego police officer spotted him "acting suspiciously," Goldsmith said. The lobsters were returned to the ocean by San Diego lifeguards. The incident was Chavez's second conviction for lobster poaching, Goldsmith said.
January 25, 1989 |
A poaching ring that involved the slaughter of more than 400 black bears in the Northeast was broken Tuesday with the arrests of 11 people, officials said. The bears were killed for their gall bladders, which are prized as aphrodisiacs in the Far East. The arrests were the culmination of a 2 1/2-year investigation by wildlife officials from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
March 2, 2001 |
Protectors of a rare Tibetan antelope are disappointed by the sentence given to smugglers of contraband shahtoosh shawls made from the animal's ultra-fine wool. In the first U.S. felony case to be prosecuted over illegal trade in shahtoosh, a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey last week handed Navarang Exports of Bombay, India, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine, though the maximum fine allowed is $500,000.