By Craig Welch
- An Anchorage, Alaska, businessman pleaded guilty to selling more than 100 raw seal oosiks (penis bones) in 2007.
- Forest Service officials found 150 80-pound bales of moss that had been plucked illegally from Washington’s Mount St. Helens National Monument in 2006.
- A poacher was arrested for the fourth time in 2009 for stealing thousands of dollars worth of spiny lobster from off the California coast. Much of the catch is shipped to Asia.
- In 2009, undercover federal agents caught an Alaska resident illegally killing at least 56 sea otters, sea lions and harbor seals and exporting their pelts.
- Two Oregon men pleaded guilty in 2010 to multiple counts of swiping abalone from the Oregon coast and selling their shells and meat all over the country.
- Two men were caught using GPS to track and poach chanterelles and other mushrooms near Santa Barbara in 2006. They carried a ledger detailing $10,000 in recent sales, but had been seen working the woods for years.
- Nine people were indicted in 2006 for smuggling snakes and venomous gila monsters out of Arizona.
- In 2007 and again in 2008, separate poaching rings were caught selling thousands of sleek, silvery baby leopard sharks from San Francisco to San Diego to markets around the world as pets.
- Poachers stole millions of dollars worth of geoduck clams from Washington’s Puget Sound between 1996 and 2009, selling them in California, New York, Canada, Hong Kong and China. More....