'Wild Recon' host accused of selling rare lizards

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 10:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (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.

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