January 10, 1993 |
Worldwide, illegal hunting has brought the rhinoceros, tiger, polar bear, elephant, lion, bison, blue whale, eagle, panda, whooping crane, condor, abalone, gorilla and a thousand other species to the edge of extinction. In the United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say, poaching and smuggling animals and their parts is a new, rich, secondary traffic among drug- and gunrunners; a double rhinoceros horn is worth up to $250,000.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
September 27, 1999 |
Charlie Lorenz has been diving the foam-washed coves of California's North Coast for 20 years, and he's aghast. Abalone, the undersea snail prized as part of the culinary and cultural heritage of these parts, is being illegally looted by poachers like never before. "We're sick of it," said Lorenz, a Fort Bragg diving instructor. "I'm seeing more poaching than ever." The plundering of abalone has gotten so bad that state game wardens have made it their top law enforcement priority for the coast.