Wildlife poaching and smuggling

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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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 - 1:43 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada game wardens who spend most 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 a...
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This photo taken on Sunday, April 3, 2011 and released by Panthera shows an adult male lion during a joint Panthera/DPN (Direction des Parcs Nationaux) lion survey in Niokolo-Koba National Park in south eastern Senegal. Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to fewer than 50 lions after years of poaching decimated not only them but also their prey. Conservationists are launching a new fund they hope will save lions from going extinct, particularly in West Africa. Only about 400 lions remain in the region out of the total 20,000 worldwide. The Lion Recovery Fund is getting startup contributions from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. (Philipp Henschel/Panthera via AP)
August 11, 2017 - 6:09 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to fewer than 50 lions after years of poaching decimated not only them but also their prey. Small patches of lion skin are sold at local fetish markets for $10, and their bones have a thriving market in Asia. Sightings have become...
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August 11, 2017 - 4:55 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to fewer than 50 lions after years of poaching decimated not only them but also their prey. Small patches of lion skin are sold at local fetish markets for $10, and their bones have a thriving market in Asia. Sightings have become...
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This undated photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife shows a king cobra hidden in a potato chip can that was found in the mail in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say Customs and Border Protection officers found three live king cobra snakes while inspecting a package that was mailed from Hong Kong in March, 2017. Rodrigo Franco was charged Tuesday, July 25, 2017, with illegally importing merchandise. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife via AP)
July 25, 2017 - 8:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, U.S. prosecutors said. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was scheduled to be...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. South Africa's government said Monday July 24, 2017, is moving ahead with draft regulations for a domestic trade in rhino horn, despite critics' concerns that a legal market will spur rhino poaching. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
July 24, 2017 - 7:24 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa said Monday it is moving ahead with draft regulations for a domestic trade in rhino horn, despite critics' concerns that a legal market will spur rhino poaching. Anyone possessing a rhino horn will need a permit under national rules that are being prepared, and...
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July 24, 2017 - 5:58 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa said Monday it is moving ahead with draft regulations for a domestic trade in rhino horn, despite critics' concerns that a legal market will spur rhino poaching. Anyone possessing a rhino horn will need a permit under national rules that are being prepared, and...
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July 24, 2017 - 5:09 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government is moving ahead with draft regulations for a domestic trade in rhino horn, despite critics' concerns that a legal market will spur rhino poaching. The environmental affairs minister, Edna Molewa, said Monday that anyone possessing a rhino horn will need...
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FILE -- in this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo Cecil the Lion rests near Kennedy One Water Point in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The son of Cecil the lion has been shot dead in Zimbabwe, two years after his father's killing ignited international outrage. Now there's fresh outcry over the "trophy" hunting of a species whose numbers in the wild have plummeted. (AP Photo/Sean Herbert, File)
July 21, 2017 - 12:02 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose allegedly illegal killing by an American hunter in 2015 ignited international outrage. Now Cecil's son Xanda has been legally killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the "trophy" hunting of a species whose numbers in the...
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