Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’

Two Upcoming Talks

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I’ll be speaking Wednesday June 17 at a brown bag lunch entitled Extinction, Incorporated sponsored by the DC Bar Association and the Environmental Law Institute.  You don’t have to be a member of either org. to come.  The talk will be held at Sidley & Austin, 1501 K St.  Here is the registration info.  I used to attend alot of these luncheons on international trade when I worked in Washington and it is nice to be coming home again after so many years. Best of all, I’ll be introduced by John Webb, Asst. Section Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, Dept. of Justice.  Those in the wildlife community know John’s name.  He is a warrior, and to hear him is reason enough to come out.

I am also speaking to the US Fish & Wildlife Service this Monday, June 8.  This is the annual Wildlife Inspector in-service training held at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.  It is an honor to be invited to talk to our country’s wildlife inspectors, our first line of defense against illegal trafficking.  I spent some long hours in the NCTC library researching USFWS history for The Lizard King (with the generous help of historian Mark Madison) and am pleased to be going back to this beautiful facility.

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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NST Publishes My Response

Friday, September 26th, 2008
Lizard King:  Facts Tell the Tale of Book's Intentions, NST, 9-26-2008

Lizard King: Facts Tell the Tale of Book's Intentions, NST, 9-26-2008

Last Sunday, Malaysia’s national newspaper, the New Straits Times, ran a terrific 3-part feature on THE LIZARD KING. The story covered the book, my background in writing it, and included the story of Malaysia’s Anson Wong, who went to prison in the United States for reptile smuggling. 

A side-box to the main story was titled, provocatively, “A Work of Fiction, Says Wildlife Department.”  Naturally, a response was in order…  I am grateful to the NST for running it.  See the posts below for the original news article.