California Teen Tries To Smuggle Bengal Tiger Cub Into U.S.

August 25, 2017

A California teen was arrested early Wednesday when he tried to smuggle a bengal tiger cub across the border.

Agents found the cub on the passenger side floor of the teen's 2017 Chevy Camaro.

18 year old Luis Eudoro Valencia of Perris told a judge that he purchased the cub on the streets of Tijuana for $300.  He said the person he purchased the cub from was walking a full-sized tiger on a leash.

Tigers are on the endangered species list.  Importing them into the U.S. requires a permit and declaration filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Valencia did not have the necessary permit or declaration.  He was released on a $10,000 bond and ordered to appear at a prelimary hearing September 5.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service took custody of the tiger cub and turned it over to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to provide care for the cub.