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'Wild Recon' host accused of selling rare lizards


September 13. 2013 10:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) 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 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 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-canceled show, Schultz would parachute into remote locations to take biological samples from deadly snakes and other dangerous animals.


Associated Press


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