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Pacifica Man Sold Taxidermy of Endangered Animals on Craigslist


Grizzly Bear Photo

A Pacfiica taxidermist is in a grisly situation with the law after trying to sell — what else? — a mount of a grizzly bear.

James Dickson, 57, has pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to one felony count of illegal trade of protected wildlife for illegally selling taxidermy mounts of endangered animals, including a polar bear, bald eagle and a Siberian tiger on Craigslist, the U.S. attorney's office said.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, an undercover agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contacted Dickson in October 2009 after reading a Craigslist ad for a $6,500 polar bear taxidermy mount. After asking the agent if he was interested in a black bear mount, Dickson sold him an eagle mount for $2,200 in cash.

The U.S. attorney's office also said Dickson offered other big game animals on Craigslist, including mounts of a kodiak bear for $14,000, a Siberian tiger for $15,000, a black bear for $3,800, the summer coat of a grizzly bear for $4,500, the shoulder mount of a grizzly bear for $2,500, a cheetah rug for $900 and a black panther for $4,500.

Dickson is scheduled for sentencing on July 12. He faces five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and $2,200 in restitution.

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