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Alaskan Native gets prison for walrus kills

Updated: July 14, 2005, 3:39 PM ET
Associated Press — July 13, 2005

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska Native was sentenced to a harsh seven years in federal prison for killing six walruses, removing the heads to sell the ivory and sinking the carcasses.

Herman A. Oyagak was on probation for felony assault when he participated in what prosecutors declared a wasteful killing of walruses in 2003. That, plus his criminal history, led to the harsh sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Goeke said Tuesday.

Under federal law, Alaska Natives are allowed ...

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