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A Texas biologist's passion for exotic species has put him in jail.

On Tuesday, a federal court in Amarillo, Texas, sentenced Dr. Richard Kazmaier, 55, to six months in federal prison.

"Importing protected wildlife into the United States without disclosing it

 or acquiring the necessary authorization," was the offence.

Kazmaier was an associate professor of biology at West Texas A&M when he was charged with "smuggling items into the United States"

and "two breaches of the Endangered Species Act" by a federal grand jury.

The federal rules in issue compel anybody importing wildlife into the United States from another nation to register with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Kazmaier admits to breaking the law numerous times between March 2013 and February 2020.

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