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Charges dropped for New Hampshire man who sold rhino head

Ari Goldenberg holds a stuffed and mounted head of a black rhinoceros that was recently returned to him after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized the head and charged him with trafficking of an endangered species.

Ari Goldenberg holds a stuffed and mounted head of a black rhinoceros that was recently returned to him after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized the head and charged him with trafficking of an endangered species.  (John Huff/ Foster's Daily Democrat )

A New Hampshire man who tried to sell an 80-pound rhinoceros head online is happy that charges against him have been dropped.

Ari Goldenberg of Milton was charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012 with selling an endangered species and falsifying records. WMUR-TV reports in the end, there was no proof he broke any laws.

Goldenberg said the black rhino head was part of a collection donated to Philips Exeter Academy in the 1930s. A woman bought it from the school and sold the rhino to him several years ago. He said he has the paperwork for it.

He put an ad to sell it on Craigslist. A buyer willing to pay $35,000 turned out to be an undercover wildlife agent, who confiscated the rhino.

Photo by The Foster' Daily Democrat