Wildlife Poaching in California

in Environmental Threats

According to wildlife protection officials in California, poaching of animals in the state is active as the animals are taken to be sold in the illegal wildlife market.

California’s Fish and Game Commission stated that abalone, black bear parts and sturgeon are the top products that are poached in California. Other wildlife such as deer, reptiles and shark fins are also poached and sold on the black market in California. In the southern county of San Diego, lobster is a popular item for poachers.  In an example, a man was caught in December 2013 for selling lobsters illegally on Craigslist.

(Price of exotic animals for sale.)

Source:  Deborah Sullivan Brennan, “Black market for wildlife thriving online,” UT San Diego, February 11, 2014.

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