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No charges yet after Haines wildlife investigation

Posted: November 16, 2011 - 1:00am

Charges have yet to be filed in an ongoing multi-agency wildlife violation investigation in Haines, authorities say.

At least two agencies — Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — confirmed they are investigating possible violations of wildlife laws, but declined to comment further.

“This is one of those rare situations where I can’t comment,” said Bruce Woods, spokesman for the Alaska region of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “There is an ongoing investigation, and we don’t comment when investigations are ongoing.”

Details have been scarce after Haines residents reported spotting out-of-town law enforcement agents on Monday of last week. The Chilkat Valley News reported the case appeared to involve violations of the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in fish or game that has been illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold.

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Lt. Steve Hall, the Southeast detachment’s commander, said by phone Wednesday that more information would be available when charges are filed.

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