BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A law enforcement agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says he thinks it’s likely that a rhinoceros horn stolen from the University of Vermont is destined for the international black market.
The university and the Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a $3,000 reward to solve the theft in Burlington.
Special agent Robert Rothe says a drill was used to disable a lock on the door at UVM’s Torrey Hall, where the black rhino horn had been hanging for decades. The theft was discovered April 27.
Rothe called the horn “very, very valuable” on the black market.
The university says the horn was acquired in about 1900. No one is sure when it moved to Torrey Hall, which houses the official zoological collection of the state of Vermont.
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