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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:58

Wildlife investigation nabs Internet violators

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An ongoing, multi-state investigation to disrupt illegal animal trafficking online has netted 62 arrests.

Dubbed “Operation Wild Web,” the investigation involves the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and law enforcement in Arkansas and Florida, as well as federal agents. The effort disrupted Internet-based trafficking of wildlife species in violation of state, federal and international laws.

Cases involved the unlawful sale of protected species, businesses operating without licenses and illegal fishing and hunting violations. In North Carolina, the Special Investigations Unit of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission made seven arrests for illegal activities. 

The public can report wildlife violations in North Carolina by calling 800.662.7137. Callers can remain anonymous.

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