Craig man indicted for killing sea otters

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted a Craig man on charges that he illegally killed sea otters and tried to sell a Steller sea lion hide.

Thirty-one-year-old Douglas L. Smith was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. He is accused of conspiring with another man in an illegal scheme to unlawfully harvest sea otters in order to sell their hides.

He also is accused of selling part of a Steller sea lion hide to an undercover federal agent for $2,600, and attempting to sell two sea otter hides for $750 apiece.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents say they documented the illegal take of approximately 75 sea otters.

Christopher Rowland, also of Craig, previously pleaded guilty and received more than three years in prison.

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