Quebec officials bust bear poaching network

Quebec officials say 100 black bears were slaughtered as part of a black bear gallbladder trafficking operation. ©Jamie McCaffrey

Quebec wildlife officials say they have dismantled a poaching ring that resulted in the illegal harvest of more than 100 black bears (Ursus americanus) over the course of three years. Officials say the bears were killed for their gallbladders, which are sold in Asian markets for their purported medicinal benefits. The three-year investigation resulted in 121 charges and fines adding up to more than $325,000.

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