Wild Recon host up for selling rare lizards

2013-09-15 18:40

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Los Angeles - The former host of Animal Planet's Wild Recon show has been charged in Los Angeles with selling two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.

City News Service says Donald Schultz, a herpetologist based in Southern California, was charged on Thursday with violating the federal Endangered Species Act. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $100 000 fine.

A message left for Schultz on his Facebook page wasn't immediately returned on Friday.

Authorities say Schultz sold the rare lizards for $2 500 to an undercover federal wildlife agent who answered his 2010 offer on Facebook.

On his now-cancelled show, Schultz would parachute into remote locations to take biological samples from deadly snakes and other dangerous animals.

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