Frankfort, KY (October 4, 2004) - Phillip W. Hunter, Jr., 37, of Owensboro,
Kentucky was charged September 28, 2004 with the illegally selling of native
wildlife after Kentucky Wildlife and Boating Officers executed a search warrant
at his home. The search warrant was executed to enforce regulations designed to
prevent the commercial exploitation of native wildlife.
Kentucky Wildlife and Boating Officers Jeff Finn, David Kuhn, and Marcus Bowling
found 15 live snakes of various species, one native box turtle, several native
toads and some exotic geckos. The officers found evidence of multiple sales of
native wildlife without the required Commercial Captive Wildlife Permit.
Also, officers uncovered evidence Hunter attempted in the past to sell snakes
caught from the wild. It is illegal in Kentucky for anyone, including those with
a Commercial Captive Wildlife Permit, to sell or attempt to sell any wildlife
taken from the wild. Legal commercial wildlife sellers may only sell captive
Evidence also showed Hunter imported live wildlife from outside Kentucky without
the proper transportation permits. It is illegal to transport any wildlife,
native or exotic, into Kentucky without first obtaining a transportation permit
from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). These
permits must be issued before the shipment enters the state.
Anyone planning to collect or sell native wildlife should first check with the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at 1-800-858-1549 on how to
do so legally,” said Colonel David Casey, director of law enforcement for the
KDFWR. “Those bringing any live wildlife into Kentucky from out of state or
receiving shipments of wildlife from out of state must contact the KDFWR for the
proper permits to do so.”