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Elephant skin purse, hippopotamus tusk, and other endangered animal objects seized at LAX

Endangered Animals-Seizures

AP Photo/United States Customs and Border Protection

This photo released July 2, 2012 by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows ivory tusks seized at Los Angeles International Airport on June 27, 2012. The tusks were among 15 items seized from a U.S. citizen arriving from Europe. The items were found when her three suitcases were X-rayed. Customs officers consulted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents who confirmed that all the items cannot be imported under the Endangered Species Act.

15 products made from endangered animals were seized at Los Angeles International Airport last week, said U.S Customs and Border Protection.

Officers discovered one hippopotamus tusk, seven ivory tusks, and seven leather purses made from stingray, crocodile, ostrich, and elephant skins.

The illegal imports were foud via X-ray in the luggage of a 63-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen, arriving in L.A. from Greece via Germany.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents confirmed with customs officals that all of the confiscated items were prohibited from import under the Endangered Species Act.

USFWS launched a new website this month focused on endangered species, stories of recovery, and conservation efforts for the country's native fish, wildlife and plants. An interactive map tracks progress by state.

The Service is "actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species," notes the official release.

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