Bengal tiger cub confiscated from car at border crossing

Bengal tiger cub confiscated from car at border crossing

The zoo said Friday that the male cub, which is about 6 weeks old and weighs about 6 pounds, will be visible at various times at the Animal Care Center's nursery window. The two initially said they didn't have anything to declare, the complaint said.

Valencia was sent to secondary inspection because his Chevrolet Camaro was missing its license plates and agents could not identify the vehicle identification number, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. That's when authorities discovered the endangered Bengal tiger cub inside of the vehicle. To legally import an endangered species into the United States requires a permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the importation must be accompanied by a Declaration Form 3-177 filed with Fish & Wildlife. Valencia told investigators he bought the tiger for $300 from somebody who he had seen Monday in Tijuana walking an adult tiger on a leash, according to the criminal complaint. Valencia told investigators that he asked about the tiger and the individual offered to sell him a tiger cub for $300 and the defendant agreed, saying he meant to take the tiger cub home to Perris to keep as a pet.

Valencia told authorities he started communicating with the seller on August 18, the same day he went to Mexico to meet the seller.

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The U.S.is a party in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international agreement commonly known as CITES. Based on previous investigations, Nieves said the market value of a Bengal tiger cub sold in the United States is approximately $1,500.

Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, said: 'CBP officers are often faced with unusual situations.

Valencia was discharged on a $10,000 bond and requested to show up for a preparatory hearing on September 5 in government court in San Diego. In April, Mexican officials seized a nine-month old Bengal tiger in Tijuana after the cub fell from a third-floor terrace onto a neighbor's patio, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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