Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials broke up a flora and fauna trafficking ring.
They say poachers have been trapping flying squirrels to promote them in another country – to consumers in South Korea who stay them as pets.
According to FWC, the operation lasted 3 years throughout which the poachers captured 3,600 flying squirrels and made just about $214,000.
Their worth at the global retail marketplace totals greater than one million bucks.
Investigators say the gang used to be additionally poaching recent water turtles and alligators.
In general, seven other folks had been arrested on greater than two dozen criminal fees, together with racketeering and cash laundering.
Wildlife rescuers inform Spectrum Bay News 9 flying squirrels, whilst small and cute, don’t make excellent pets.
The safe species is best possible stored within the wild.