Elephant ivory pieces line the shelves at the National Wildlife Property Repository in Commerce City, CO June 2, 2009. Ivory is heavily traded in parts of Africa and violates the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the international Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES..Some 300,000 items made from wildlife are being sold through a special online auction that began Feb. 22, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to reduce costs for storing and maintaining forfeited and abandoned wildlife property at its National Wildlife Property Repository in Commerce City, Colorado. The sale will clear space for newly obtained wildlife property and support conservation education and other activities benefitting wildlife. .The items being auctioned, all legal to sell, have been carefully selected from the more than 1.5 million wildlife parts and products stored at the Repository. .The sale does not include any products made from threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, eagles, marine mammals, species listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), or species that cannot be sold or traded under the laws of the exporting country.