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Originally published: 2014-07-02 10:24:04
Last modified: 2014-07-02 10:25:01

Wildlife Commission uses Internet to protect wildlife

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has concluded a joint operation with partner agencies to use the Internet to protect wildlife, wildlife habitat, lawful businesses and public safety.

During the four-day "Operation Wild Web" detail, investigators used the Internet to find those intentionally selling fish and wildlife illegally, as well as committing other crimes. 

Cases involved the unlawful sale of reptiles, freshwater and saltwater fish, native migratory birds and many exotic birds; businesses operating without licenses; and illegal sales of vessels.  

In addition to the Wildlife Commissions from North Carolina and Florida, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources participated in Operation Wild Web, addressing issues in their jurisdictions. 

The Wildlife Commission's Special Investigations Unit made five arrests for illegal activities, largely involving illegal reptile and amphibian sales. North Carolina wildlife officers also assisted 30 individuals.  The public can report wildlife violations in North Carolina anytime by calling (800) 662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.

For more information on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, visit To receive regular N.C. Wildlife updates, including season dates, bag limits, legislative news and more, visit