Boxes full of mounted wildlife, antlers and horns were on display Wednesday after they were seized by officers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport late last month.
The seven boxes — declared as household goods — were headed for the Philippines before inspectors discovered them on July 23, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.
Officers found a bear skull; full mounts of a baboon, a lynx with a bird, and a bobcat; shoulder mounts of three deer, a wildebeest, a zebra, an African antelope, an African gazelle, and a goat; six pairs of deer antlers; a pair of kudu horns, a pair of impala horns; two smallmouth bass full mounts and an alligator gar fish head mount worth a total estimated value of $8,875, according to the agency.
It was the largest assortment of wildlife that customs and border protection officers have seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles stated in the release.
The mounts were not declared to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nor had any of the required export permits, according to the news release.
The buyer, a 44-year-old man on vacation with his wife and two children, was visiting the U.S. from the Philippines for the first time, according to the agency.
“They weren’t trying to hide them. It’s just that he was unaware of the export regulations,” Owen Teruya of the CBP said.
The buyer may not be fined or face a penalty, other than the seizure of the items, according to authorities.
Most of the purchases were made from a liquidator in Texas, according to the news release.