17 Jul '11, 9pm

Endangered Species Trafficker Gets Six Month Sentence

Endangered Species Trafficker Gets Six Month Sentence

A California man who made tens of thousands of dollars selling taxidermy mounts of endangered animals was caught and sentenced to six months in jail . A mount is a real deceased animal preserved, stuffed and arranged for display. He sold a Siberian tiger for $15,000 and a kodiak bear for $14,000. A polar bear mount sold for $6,500 and a black panther as well. The illegal wildlife trade generates over ten billion dollars annually. Sting operations are often used to catch traffickers, and this case was no exception. The California trafficker was caught trying to sell a young bald eagle mount to an undercover agent. Paying $2,200 in restitution to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also part of the punishment, though such a fine seems far too little considering how much money was made from selling the wild animals. The maximum penalty for the crime he committed is five yea...

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