Illegal Rhino Skull – Greene County
On March 25, ECOs and Investigators with the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit conducted an undercover operation into the sale of a Black Rhino skull.
A Greene County man who sold the skull to an undercover investigator was arrested and charged with illegal commercialization of wildlife. He is due back in court next month to answer to the charges.
Black Rhinos are listed as critically endangered and it is illegal to sell any part of them under the New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). It is estimated that somewhere between 5,000 and 5,500 Black Rhinos are left in the wild. The local case remains under investigation.