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June 14, 2017
Musk Deer Poaching in Russia Linked to Logging Roads
(VLADIVOSTOK, JUNE 14, 2017)
– Musk deer are small, shy, fanged deer targeted by poachers across Asia for the musk gland found in males, a substance that, gram from gram, is more valuable than gold.
January 20, 2017
BREAKING NEWS:Snares Wiping Out Wildlife in Unprecedented Numbers
NEW YORK (January 20, 2017)
A very important article
co-authored by WCS scientist Tony Lynam has been published in the journal
about a crisis emerging in Asia from snaring, which is wiping out wildlife in unprecedented numbers. The article points out that use of homemade snares are largely driving unsustainable levels of commercial hunting in Southeast Asia to the point of extinction. The authors also make recommendations for how this issue might be managed to avoid “empty forests.”
January 10, 2017
A NEW YEAR’S ARREST OF POACHERS ADDS YET ANOTHER REASON FOR ALARM
BANGALORE, INDIA (January 10, 2016)
– WCS reports that a poaching gang recently arrested for shooting wildlife in a well-known tiger reserve consisted of software engineers, environmental consultants, wealthy coffee planters, and a leading member of the
Rifle Association of Karnataka State. Conservationists say the incident is particularly disturbing because the group consisted mostly of affluent and well-educated men.
September 22, 2016
WCS Joins Manhattan DA and NYS DEC Commissioner to Announce Historic Ivory Bust
New York, NY
Sept 22, 2016)
– Man. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Commissioner Basil Seggos, and Wildlife Conser- vation Society (“WCS”) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli, today announced the indictment of an antiques store, its owners, and a salesperson for selling and offering for sale illegal elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million.
April 26, 2016
Crackdown: Multi-Agency Enforcement Initiative Takes Aim at Wildlife and Forest Offenders in Malaysian National Park
NEW YORK (26 April 2016)
April to 25
April 2016, a multi-agency enforcement initiative called Operation Khazanah (Op Khazanah) was held under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS). Led by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), this week-long exercise to combat wildlife and forestry crimes was held in the Rompin district of Pahang and adjacent areas. PDRM Pahang, through its Department for the Prevention of Crime and Community Safety, was responsible for the organization and implementation of the operation.