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CBP Seizes Hunting Trophies

Release Date: 
June 7, 2013


Seized endangered sepcies trophy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized this Black-faced impala hunting trophy because it is on the Endangered Species list

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).


Endangered stuffed impala head is seized by CBP officers in Houston, TX.

Though the Black-faced impala has been on the Endangered Species list for 43 years, they are still a target for hunters. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized this full-mount hunting trophy because the importer did not have the required documentation to import this trophy.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017