California Department of Fish and Wildlife agents were searching a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Thursday afternoon looking for illegal garments made from the carcasses of endangered species.
"We had reports that they were in possession of or selling a prohibited species," CDFW spokesman Andrew Hughan said. "We are in the process of looking through the business to make sure they don’t have anything they aren’t supposed to have."
J.T. Hansen alerted KQED to what he called a "raid" of his mother's clothing store, Decades of Fashion, at the corner of Haight and Belvedere streets. He said he was unaware of state and federal laws prohibiting the sale of certain furs and other products made from endangered animals.
"I had no idea," he said. "Neither did my mom."
Hansen said he doesn't believe Decades of Fashion is selling anything illegal. His mother, Cicely Hansen, was not available for comment.