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A Hollywood resident has been charged with multiple criminal counts after she allegedly attempted to sell restricted Australian animals known as sugar gliders over the Internet.
Amy Young Lynn, 39, was charged with eight counts of unlawful possession of a restricted animal, and the offering for sale a restricted species. Sugar gliders are small possum-like marsupials that are native to Australia, and are restricted from sale.
The California Department of Fish and Game was notified on Oct. 29 by an unnamed source that Lynn was in possession of sugar gliders, and was advertising them for sale on Facebook for $400 per pair. Undercover officers responded to the advertisement and set up a meeting with Lynn, at which time they took possession of eight sugar gliders and arrested Lynn.
The defendant allegedly told authorities she had been given a pair of the animals at a party and they had reproduced. The Department of Fish and Game transported the animals to the Conservation Ambassadors wildlife preserve in Sunland, where they remain. The sugar glider is a protected species both in California and Australia, and are among the most commonly-traded wild animals in the illegal pet trade.
If convicted, Lynn could face up to four years in jail, and/or an $8,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for March 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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