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Woman charged with trying to sell protected animals on Facebook

A Hollywood woman was charged with multiple criminal counts for allegedly trying to sell exotic animals from Australia on Facebook, authorities said Tuesday.

Amy Young Lynn, 39, is accused of breeding Sugar Gliders, a small flying mammal that looks similar to a squirrel, and advertising them for sale on Facebook for $400 per pair, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.

Undercover officers responding to her ad confiscated eight of the animals from Lynn, according to the city attorney's office. She allegedly told authorities she had been given a pair of Sugar Gliders at a party and that they had reproduced.

Officers with the state Department of Fish and Game took the animals to a wildlife preserve in Sunland. The Sugar Glider is a protected species in California and South Australia and is among the most commonly traded wild animal in the illegal pet trade, authorities said.

Lynn was charged with eight counts of unlawful possession and offering for sale a restricted species. She is scheduled to be arraigned March 8 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

If convicted, Lynn could face up to four years in jail and an $8,000 fine.

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