Woman charged with trying to sell flying possum online
Amy Young Lynn, 39, faces eight counts of unlawful possession and attempted sale of a restricted species, according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. If convicted, she could face up to four years in jail and an $8,000 fine.
Sugar gliders are small possums native to Australia that have the ability to soar more than 400 feet through the air on wing-like membranes that stretch between their front and hind legs.
They are bred and allowed as pets in many places in the United States, but they are banned as pets in California, as well as in Australia, as a deterrent to the common practice of taking them from the wild.
Prosecutors say Young told them that two sugar gliders had been given to her at a party and that they reproduced.
-- Alan Zarembo
Photo: A sugar glider in Memphis, Tenn. Credit: Jim Weber / Associated Press