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Ex-Animal Planet host sentenced for lizard sale

Donald Schultz
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The former host of Animal Planet's "Wild Recon" show has been sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service after admitting to trying to sell two endangered Iranian desert monitor lizards without a permit.

City News Service reports Donald Schultz was also ordered to pay $9,000 in fines on Monday. In November he pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Schultz sold the rare lizards for $2,500 to an undercover federal wildlife agent who answered his 2010 offer on Facebook. A federal agent received the lizards in Buffalo, N.Y., and took them into custody.

On his now-canceled show, Schultz parachuted in to remote locations to take biological samples from deadly snakes and other dangerous animals.

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JEZ March 25 2014 at 10:51 AM

a hole

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USS Titanic JEZ March 25 2014 at 11:03 AM

yep!

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Bernie JEZ March 25 2014 at 12:02 PM

ignorant and pompous a hole

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Chickiepoo March 25 2014 at 12:31 PM

He KNEW better and yet proceeded to do it anyway.......Oh WELLLLLL......NO sympathy
for him from "this chair".......

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BOB March 25 2014 at 12:44 PM

HO Crap they cought me!!

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Richard Ware March 25 2014 at 1:43 PM

He got no jail time!! Prosecutors are a bunch of CREEPS!! and so are JUDGES!! after all they're all lawyers!!

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WarrenBty March 25 2014 at 2:05 PM

Really guys... it's a lizard. Not a child. And bad as it is, he got punished that is called justice.

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cantabene1381 March 25 2014 at 2:33 PM

Boo. What a fake jerk. Have some life standards. And you to Warren...we think animals are less than us only because we say so - who is pompous now? Because we can't communicate with animals we deem them stupid and that we are superior. Humans are selfish creatures.

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