Florida officials say several people charged in flying squirrel trafficking operation #Breaking112
The investigation started last year after the commission received an anonymous tip about people illegally trapping flying squirrels in one county, the release said. The animals were captured by poachers across several counties and sold to a dealer.
The animals were then laundered through the business of the dealer, “who claimed they were captive bred,” the commission said.
Officials said buyers would travel from South Korea to purchase the flying squirrels from the dealer, and the animals would then be driven to other parts of the country before being exported to Asia.
Investigators also learned the Florida suspects trafficked other animals as well, including protected freshwater turtles and alligators, the commission said.
“These poachers could have severely damaged Florida’s wildlife populations.”
More arrests are expected, officials said.