Charges against taxidermist dismissed

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The state has dismissed charges against a Palmer taxidermist who was accused of illegal sales.

All five charges against Palmer taxidermist Shawn McCrary were dismissed Tuesday.

In 2001, Alaska State Troopers said McCrary sold bison, caribou, mountain goat, brown bear and wolf mounts to undercover state Fish and Wildlife Protection investigators posing as Seattle restaurateurs. It is illegal to sell trophies without a state permit.

Palmer Superior Court Magistrate David Zwick dismissed two other charges involving bear parts and caribou antlers added by the state in January, saying the state filed them late.

McCrary said the outcome vindicated his claims that he'd done nothing wrong. He said a recent Board of Game decision to tighten taxidermy regulations pointed to a loophole in the laws that led the state to back off.

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