U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Houston seaport seized a personal shipment that included Black-faced Impala trophies, June 3.
"Our examinations are focused on intercepting the obvious illegal items such as narcotics and counterfeit products as well as items intended to enter the commerce that do not meet U.S. laws and federal regulations," said CBP's Houston Seaport Port Director Dave Fluty. "When we identify shipments that appear to violate laws, we coordinate with the appropriate agency."
The Black-faced Impala was placed on the Endangered Species list in June 1970, according to US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWL).
CBP officers conducting routine cargo examinations discovered a full-mount trophy and a shoulder-mount trophy of the endangered species and immediately contacted USFWL to identify the animal.
CBP officers seized both trophies for violation of the Endangered Species Act and for importation without necessary declaration. The trophies were turned over to USFWL for disposition.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.