Snow leopard carcass and 45 skulls of endangered
ATLANTA (AP) – A Georgia man has been fined $15,000 for possession of
a snow leopard carcass and 45 skulls of endangered or protected
animals in violation of federal wildlife laws.
Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Toru Shimoji of Smyrna purchased
the leopard carcass on the Internet from an undercover agent of the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said that
in a search of Shimoji’s home agents discovered illegal skulls of
birds in his private collection.
U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III also ordered Shimoji on
Tuesday to serve two years probation and forfeit all the wildlife
seized from his collection.
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