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A Montreal woman was arrested for attempting to cross the US border into Canada with “numerous undeclared wildlife” including a three-toed sloth, 18 crocodile heads and skulls and seven crocodile legs. in Vermont.

The sloth and crocodile are both protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wildlife, Bennington Banner reported Friday.

Vanessa Rondeau, owner of Montreal’s Old Cavern boutique, is also said to have owned two horseshoe crabs, 30 starfish, a 23-foot raccoon, eight African antelope horns, and a human skull “with mounted butterflies,” four puffer fish. and six shark cheeks Wednesday when she tried to cross the border in Highgate Springs, Vermont, according to a criminal complaint.

All wildlife must be reported to the Fish and Wildlife Service upon entry into the United States and prior to export from the United States under the Endangered Species Act.

An email was sent to Rondeau’s public advocate for comment.

Rondeau entered the United States 18 times between November 2018 and September 2019, mainly at the Champlain Port of Entry in New York, including a dozen times between midnight and 2am, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrote in an affidavit Ryan Bessey.

Working undercover, Bessey asked Rondeau in a private message in January 2020 if she had polar bear skulls for sale under the affidavit. Rondeau offered to sell a skull for $ 780 and Bessey received it in the mail, he said. Bessey bought another polar bear skull from Rondeau for $ 711, he said.

According to an affidavit, the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service also intercepted packages containing bird skulls, a weasel, a bat and the skin of a Hartmann’s zebra, another protected species.

The Old Cavern Boutique “has a variety of unique curiosities and rarities for sale, many of which are made entirely or partially with wildlife,” Bessey wrote.

The Lacey Act prohibits the trade in items of endangered species.