Denver Zoo disputes report of man entering lion exhibit

Fox 31 Denver news reported the Denver Police Department said a man jumped into an exhibit and touched a lion — but officials with the Denver Zoo say that’s not what happened. Police said on March 18th, Matthew Swearingen, 34, reportedly jumped into the lion exhibit and touched a lion. Police said Swearingen was detained … Continue reading Denver Zoo disputes report of man entering lion exhibit

Owner vintage clothing store charged with nine counts of selling items made from endangered species

The owner of a vintage clothing store on Haight Street in San Francisco was charged last Wednesday with nine counts related to selling items made of endangered species, including jaguar and snow leopard skins, the SFGate reported last Thursday. Cicely Ann Hansen, proprietor of Decades of Fashion on Haight and Belvedere streets, was charged with … Continue reading Owner vintage clothing store charged with nine counts of selling items made from endangered species

Five frozen tigers found in Nghe An

According to Viet Nam Net News, local police of central Nghe An Province seized five frozen tigers after conducting a raid on a resident’s house in Dien Chau District last Monday. The tigers are alleged to be Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti), weighing some 100-150kg each, without internal organs. The police are investigating the case. … Continue reading Five frozen tigers found in Nghe An

Eyes on Washington week ending 02.17.17

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is in the hot-seat. On Thursday, February 16th, the Republican-controlled Senate was poised to confirm the controversial choice to lead the EPA cleared a key hurdle. The Senate gave an initial green light to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on a … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 02.17.17

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service removes AWA inspection reports from website

On February 3, 2017 the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provided the following statment regarding the removal of certain documents from the USDA/APHIS database accessible from the agency’s website: “APHIS, during the past year, has conducted a comprehensive review of the information it posts on its website for the general public to … Continue reading USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service removes AWA inspection reports from website

Tiger Temple abbot facing trafficking charges

The Bangkok Post reported in late December that authorities will file an illegal tiger trade complaint against the abbot of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi after tests showed the DNA of six dead cubs did not match any of the 147 tigers found at the temple. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation … Continue reading Tiger Temple abbot facing trafficking charges

Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

A man accused of buying and selling horns of the endangered black rhinoceros pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking, the Department of Justice announced. Fengyi Zhou, of Syosset, New York, a dealer in Asian art, admitted to purchasing as many as five rhinoceros horns, and sold them for $130,000, a Justice Department statement said last Tuesday. … Continue reading Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 11 December 2016

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 11 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 11 December 2016

76 tiger deaths were reported in India from January to October 2016

The Times of India reported earlier this month as many as 76 tiger deaths were reported in the country from January to October this year, with Madhya Pradesh at the top of the list, accounting for nearly a third of all mortalities. Karnataka, which boasts the highest tiger population among states, was second with 13 … Continue reading 76 tiger deaths were reported in India from January to October 2016

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 21 November 2016

Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Monday, 21 November 2016: ~ Representatives Costello & Grijalva introduce legislation to protect wild & exotic animals ~ Average … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 21 November 2016