Posts Tagged ‘Ken McCloud’

Profile of America’s Top Undercover Reptile Cop

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Ken McCloud has retired from the US Fish & Wildlife Service but he’s far from out of the game. He is profiled here by John Moir in the Washington Post. Ken and his wife Rose, also of USFWS, are the secret dynamic duo behind some of the country’s great wildlife cases and have saved more species than most of us will ever see (a few in their own bathtub). Ken was the reptile brains behind Operation Chameleon, which took down Anson Wong among others…  He raised up the Komodo Dragon that nearly bit off the Phil Bronstein’s foot (Sharon Stone’s ex).  He was also a great friend, reptile adviser, and confident to SA Chip Bepler in his Strictly Reptiles investigation.

Special Agent Ken McCloud: Reptile World’s Top Cop Profiled

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

As a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Widlife Service, Ken McCloud was for decades a one-man crime squad when it came to reptile smuggling.  Ken went deep, long, and knows reptiles and the men who smuggle them as well as any man alive.  He was a great help to me in writing The Lizard King, was a friend to SA Chip Bepler, and those who would consider his retirement an opportunity to begin plundering endangered species should watch out:  in his new position with the Peninsula Humane Society, McCloud is very much in the crime-fighting business, and business is good. 

From Palo Alto Daily News:

New Peninsula animal cruelty investigator was undercover agent

By Jessica Bernstein-Wax, News Staff Writer, Article Launched: 11/01/2008 12:05:20 AM PDT

Ken McCloud’s wife, Rose, used to bang on their mailbox every day before collecting the family’s letters.

“She was afraid someone had put a rattlesnake in there trying to get me,” McCloud said.

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