Fish and Wildlife Service to review allegations surrounding Trump Jr.'s Mongolian hunting trip

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will look into an accusation of possible wrongdoing by Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses MORE after it was reported that he killed a rare sheep during a recent trip to Mongolia. 

Following a letter from a conservation group requesting an investigation into whether Trump's actions violated laws, a FWS spokesperson told The Hill in an email that the agency was "in the process of reviewing this matter."

The review and letter come after ProPublica reported that the president's son shot and killed an argali sheep in Mongolia and was retroactively given a hunting permit from the Mongolian government.


A spokesperson for Trump Jr. denied accusations of wrongdoing in a statement to CQ Roll Call, which previously reported the review. 

“Mr. Trump paid for his trip to Mongolia on his own, flew commercial and timely applied and secured all required permits through a third party outfitter — as is standard in the industry,” the spokesperson said.

The Center for Biological Diversity last week wrote to FWS to alert the agency of "potential legal violations associated with this trophy hunt" and request an investigation. 

"We urge you to ensure that the protections in place for argali — including from hunters and poachers — are enforced and special access is not provided for wealthy, white hunters from the West, even if their father is the U.S. president," the group wrote. 

The Palm Beach Post reported that Mongolian officials visited President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE's Mar-a-Lago resort before giving his son the permit.