Catching Live Florida Panther Cubs Lands Man In Jail

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File this under the “stupid criminal” docket.

A South Florida man, Alfredo Lopez De Queralta, was arrested after authorities learned about a YouTube video showing him harassing a pair of endangered Florida panther cubs.

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Ken Warren with the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s South Florida office, said De Queralta was arrested after authorities served a search warrant at his home. De Queralta and others are suspected of numerous wildlife violations, including interfering with a federally listed endangered species.

The search warrants were served as part of an ongoing investigation into a YouTube video that shows a man invading a Florida panther den and holding two panther cubs. The video has since been removed.

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Warren said the acts depicted in the video are violations of Florida law and the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The suspects could face up to a $100,000 fine and a year in prison if convicted.

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Warren said Lopez De Queralta was taken into custody because of items found while the warrant was being served. A search of the Miami-Dade County jail website shows that Lopez De Queralta faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was released on bond.


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