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Texas Wardens Crack Down on Illegal Online Animal Trade

Mar 1, 2018

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking to shut down online sales of illegal animals and animal parts around the Metroplex.

TPW says a crackdown on various websites and mobile platforms this week led to the agency issuing 20 citations against sellers trading in illegal animal goods.  In a statement issued Thursday, TPW said game wardens were able to negotiate undercover deals to buy a  taxidermied great blue heron, raptor talons, American alligator heads, and live box turtles.

Col. Grahame Jones, Law Enforcement Director with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said that Wildlife trafficking online is  "a major problem and we want to send a message loud and clear that it will not be tolerated."

The citations are for fines between $25 and $500.