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Oh, Sting! Spiderman Caught in the Act

"Operation Spiderman"--which had nothing to do with the fictional crime-fighting web-slinger--came to an end this weekend with the arrest of Sven Koppler, a German man thought to be responsible for the smuggling of thousands of endangered spiders.

Authorities began tracking Koppler after intercepting a package concealing 300 spiders in March. To snare Koppler, agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department ordered more spiders from the dealer. When a package arrived containing 70 live endangered tarantulas and one dead tarantula, they had the evidence they needed to make the arrest.

Read the full story: Spider Smuggler Snared in Sting Operation

Around the world, tarantulas are kept as pets but many popular species are endangered in the wild. Photo: christopher.woo/Creative Commons

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