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Wildlife Inspector: Our nation’s front-line defense against the illegal wildlife trade


Photo credit: Bill Butcher/USFWS.

What does a wildlife inspector do? Popular Mechanics of all places has a very informative article titled ”Wildlife Inspector: This Is My Job“.

According to the article, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hires inspectors to stop the illegal wildlife trade—at $10 billion to $20 billion per year, it’s second only to arms and drug smuggling in the black market.

“We have to understand and enforce a range of U.S. and international laws, regulations, and treaties that limit the commercial traffic of endangered wildlife. We must be able to identify thousands of different species. And we verify that live animals are transported humanely,” González, the agent featured in the article, says. “Every day is a new challenge.”

Do you know what a “viewing tube” is? Read the article here.

Did you know that the United States is one of the world’s largest markets for wildlife and wildlife products, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website?