Miami International targets wildlife smugglers


MIAMI (AP) — From flying squirrels to jaguar pelts, wildlife inspectors at Miami International Airport say they are in a constant battle to keep illegal animal imports from entering the country.

The Miami Herald ( ) reports that the Miami International leads the nation in shipments of both living and dead animals.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that one in every three wildlife inspections at the busy airports leads to law enforcement involvement.

The agency recently discovered an illegal shipment of 200 flying squirrels. Illegal animal products confiscated at the airport include a South American jaguar pelt, a caiman alligator skin and a sea turtle shell.

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