The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested seven people yesterday, as a result of a 19-month long investigation into a million dollar Flying Squirrel trafficking ring.
Morea arrests are expected into an operation that stretched from Florida into Georgia and all the way to South Korea. In the last three years, over 36,000 flying squirrels, which are a protected species in Florida, were trapped in rural Marion County, then sold to buyers in Florida and Georgia, who would find buyers in South Korea, claiming the squirrels were legally raised.
It’s estimated the Flying Squirrels were valued at more than $1 million.
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