VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A Canadian has been charged with attempting to smuggle bear paws to China in his carry-on luggage at Vancouver International Airport, authorities said.
Dismembered bear parts were discovered as the luggage passed through an X-ray machine at airport security Sunday.
“We see it occasionally,” Sgt. Dave Jevons told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “Like any illegal trade, what we see is only a portion of what is actually occurring so it is really difficult to ascertain the actual scope of this type of activity.”
The import, export or trade of bear parts is illegal in Canada.
Three paws from at least two black bears were seized and the man was arrested, a British Columbia conservation officer said.
The 39-year-old Vancouver man, whose name was not released, will appear in court in October, authorities said.