Volgens amptenare in Florida, is verskeie mense aangekla van die handel in vlieënde eekhorings

Minstens sewe mense is in hegtenis geneem en aangekla in 'n “uitgebreide georganiseerde onderneming” to smuggle Florida’s flying squirrels — beskermde natuurlewe in die staat — en verkoop dit, investigators aangekondig Maandag.

Tot by 10,000 traps were set up across the state to capture the flying squirrels and as many as 3,600 of the animals were shipped overseas within three yearsto be sold as exotic pets for hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) gesê in a news release.
The investigation started last year after the commission received an anonymous tip about people illegally trapping flying squirrels in one Florida county, die vrylating gesê. The animals were illegally captured by poachers across several counties and sold to a dealer. The animals were then laundered through the business of the dealer, “who claimed they were captive bred,” the commission said.
Officials said buyers would travel from South Korea to purchase the flying squirrels from the dealer, and the animals would then be driven to other parts of the country before being exported to Asia.
    Investigators also learned the Florida suspects trafficked other animals as well, including protected freshwater turtles and alligators, the commission said.
    Wildlife conservation laws protect Florida’s precious natural resources from abuse. The concerned citizen who initially reported this activity started an investigation that uncovered a major smuggling operation,” Mei. Grant Burton, FWC Investigation’s section leader, gesê in n verklaring.
      These poachers could have severely damaged Florida’s wildlife populations.
      More arrests are expected, amptenare gesê.

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