Seized tiger, lion pelts donated to 2 Kansas zoos

May 25, 2019 - 9:43 am

Tiger and lion pelts seized from wildlife traffickers have been donated to zoos in Topeka and Wichita.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Friday that his office donated pelts that were seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during investigations of a black market for hides and other parts of protected wildlife.

The tiger pelts were in a warehouse near Denver that holds wildlife items forfeited or abandoned during federal investigations. Many of the items are donated to educational facilities and nonprofit organizations to teach about endangered species.

Fish and Wildlife Service agents used some of the pelts in a sting operation in 2018 that resulted in a Wichita man pleading guilty and agreeing to pay $8,000 for two tiger pelts. Agents seized a lion pelt from his home.

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