Poaching is a deadly crime against wildlife. Wildlife officials say that legal hunters kill tens of millions of animals every year. For each of those animals, another is killed illegally, perhaps on closed land or out of season, leaving orphaned young to starve. Few poachers are caught or punished.
Poachers may also kill endangered species or use illegal weapons.
Why do they do this? For many, profit is the motive. Bear gall bladders get top dollar for Chinese herbal remedies, and big-horned sheep antlers can fetch $20,000 on the black market. Some poachers just love killing animals, or want a trophy.
Let's stop this war on wildlife.
- Going hiking or bird watching? Know your state's wildlife regulations and hunting seasons so you can identify violations.
- If you see suspicious activity, don't confront anyone.
- Get a description of the poacher, the vehicle and the surrounding area.
- Call your state wildlife department immediately [PDF].
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News & Events
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.
January 2, 2014
Approximately 40 percent fewer bears were killed by trophy hunters in 2013 than the annual average over the past ten years. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that this year’s August to December black bear hunting season resulted in 1,002 bears killed as compared to 1,962 last year.
November 19, 2013
Animal protection and ocean conservation organizations filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a California law banning the sale and distribution of shark fins in the state. The California law is a critical tool in the effort to end the cruel and unsustainable practice of "finning," which is an abhorrent practice that involves slicing off the fins of a shark and discarding the animal at sea, often while still alive.
July 11, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States Joins Forces with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Crack Down on Wildlife Trafficking
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California were lead players in a successful crackdown on wildlife crimes, resulting in dozens of individuals being charged with trafficking in wildlife products.