Ex-Animal Planet host sentenced for lizard sale

2014-03-25 18:38
World-renowned animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz the former host of Animal Planet's Wild Recon show. (Glenn Pinkerton, AP, Las Vegas News Bureau)

World-renowned animal adventurer and venom expert Donald Schultz the former host of Animal Planet's Wild Recon show. (Glenn Pinkerton, AP, Las Vegas News Bureau)

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Los Angeles - The former host of Animal Planet's Wild Recon show has been sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service after admitting to trying to sell two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.

City News Service reports Donald Schultz was also ordered to pay $9 000 in fines on Monday. In November he pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Schultz sold the rare lizards for $2 500 to an undercover federal wildlife agent who answered his 2010 offer on Facebook. A federal agent received the lizards in Buffalo, New York, and took them into custody.

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

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