Animal poaching and smuggling

September 16, 2017 - 10:39 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — In most cases, the conviction of a Thai man trafficking rhino horns through a bizarre scheme that involved hiring prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters would have marked the end of the story. But investigators took an unusual, next step — deciding to "follow the money" that helped...
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September 16, 2017 - 10:39 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — In most cases, the conviction of a Thai man trafficking rhino horns through a bizarre scheme that involved hiring prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters would have marked the end of the story. But investigators took an unusual, next step — deciding to "follow the money" that helped...
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September 14, 2017 - 9:08 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The elusive snow leopard — long considered endangered — has been upgraded to "vulnerable," though conservations warned the new classification does not mean they are safe. The animals still face serious challenges including poaching and loss of prey in their high Himalayan habitat. "...
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September 14, 2017 - 9:08 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The elusive snow leopard — long considered endangered — has been upgraded to "vulnerable," though conservations warned the new classification does not mean they are safe. The animals still face serious challenges including poaching and loss of prey in their high Himalayan habitat. "...
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A Thai customs official displays one of 136 pangolins and 450 kgs. (992 lbs.) of pangolin scales it seized, estimated to be worth over 2.5 million baht (USD$75,278) during a press conference at the Customs Department headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Officials received a tip-off that there would be an attempt to smuggle pangolins from Malaysia. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
August 31, 2017 - 6:45 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai customs officials have seized more than 100 live pangolins and 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of scales from the endangered animal in their latest action against illegal wildlife trafficking, the customs department chief said Thursday. The animals and animal parts were found...
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August 26, 2017 - 12:38 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino breeder in South Africa who held what he called the world's first legal online auction of rhino horns says there were fewer bidders and sales than expected. However, a law firm representing breeder John Hume said Saturday that the two-day auction sets the stage for...
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August 26, 2017 - 12:38 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino breeder in South Africa who held what he called the world's first legal online auction of rhino horns says there were fewer bidders and sales than expected. However, a law firm representing breeder John Hume said Saturday that the two-day auction sets the stage for...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Lawyers for a rhino breeder in South Africa say bidding will start Wednesday in an online auction of 264 rhino horns after a court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed. Conservation groups believe it will lead to a surge in rhino poaching that has occurred at record levels in the past decade. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
August 23, 2017 - 11:38 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino breeder in South Africa has opened an online auction of 264 rhino horns that has raised alarm among leading conservation groups that fear a legal domestic trade could encourage more poaching. The auction website indicates that bidding began Wednesday and will end on...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Lawyers for a rhino breeder in South Africa say bidding will start Wednesday in an online auction of 264 rhino horns after a court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed. Conservation groups believe it will lead to a surge in rhino poaching that has occurred at record levels in the past decade. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
August 22, 2017 - 11:21 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An online auction of 264 rhino horns will start Wednesday after a South African court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed, according to lawyers for a rhino breeder who is conducting the legal sale. A law firm representing breeder John Hume...
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This Aug. 2015 photo provided by the Nevada Department of Wildlife shows state fisheries biologist Kim Tisdale holding one of the Northern pike removed from Comins Lake in eastern Nevada during an effort to eradicate the invasive predators. The agency is offering a $10,000 reward to help nab the suspect who apparently introduced the species into the lake again in recent months. (Courtesy of the Nevada Department of Wildlife via AP)
August 12, 2017 - 11:02 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada game wardens who spend most of their time hunting down big-game poachers are focusing on a serious threat to nature in a lake: An invasive fish species that eats all the other fish prized by anglers and then turns cannibalistic. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is offering...
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