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Former Animal Planet TV host sentenced for illegal lizard sale

General March 26, 2014

(Reuters) – Donald Schultz, the former host of a popular Animal Planet TV show featuring some of the world’s most deadly creatures, was sentenced in a California federal court on Tuesday to community service and $9,000 in fines for selling two endangered lizards online. The former host of Animal Planet’s “Wild Recon” was charged with one count of violating the Endangered Species Act, a federal law that protects and recovers imperiled species and ecosystems. According to federal prosecutors, Schultz met with an undercover agent posing as a prospective buyer at his home in Los Angeles where he agreed to ship the reptiles to another buyer in Buffalo, New York. The desert monitors, a species of monitor lizard found in North Africa and South Asia, were recovered by a federal agent in New York.

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