A man who illegally set some 50 traps for bobcats and foxes over a 900-square mile area across Northern California has pleaded guilty to various criminal charges.
The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.
California’s treasured redwood trees are under attack by poachers hacking out the trees’ distinctive burls which are later turned into tables, artwork or other adornments.
Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make lacey-grained coffee tables.
Thirteen people are under arrest on suspicion of being part of an abalone poaching network after fish and game wardens served search warrants on 14 locations.
A Milpitas man who ran a wholesale fish business pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday to charges related to illegally catching and selling undersized California leopard sharks from San Francisco Bay.
A group of fishermen could be in trouble after a video posted on YouTube shows a protected green sturgeon being yanked from the dark waters of the Delta.
Alameda County officials are looking to put a stop to people pilfering from recycle bins, making off with bottles and can and leaving a mess behind.
A Petaluma abalone poacher last week was sentenced to 90 days’ work release and fined $15,000 for selling the mollusks to a restaurant owner.
Two San Francisco men are facing charges after state wildlife officials say they were caught poaching abalone, including one man who was allegedly caught three times.