SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a California man with illegally bringing into the United States the skull and skin of a leopard they say he killed in South Africa.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco says a grand jury on Thursday indicted 38-year-old Adam Thatcher Lawrence with one count of importing wildlife contrary to law and one count of mislabeling wildlife intended for importation.READ MORE: Lowell High School Alumni File Lawsuit To Reinstate Merit-Based Admissions
Prosecutors say Lawrence, of Willits, California, killed the leopard in 2011 without a proper permit and then obtained a permit to bring the hunting trophy to the U.S. that falsely stated the animal was killed in Mozambique.READ MORE: Environmental Whistleblower Sets Off Probe Into Illegal Discharge Of Petcoke At Port Of Benicia
Court documents did not list an attorney for Lawrence. A message left at a phone listing for him was not immediately returned.MORE NEWS: COVID: UCSF Researchers Examine Impact Of Coronavirus On Young Brains After 3 Teens Develop Psychosis
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