Employees of lodge on private inholding in Denali NP&PRes charged with trying to poison wolves

FAIRBANKS — Three men are accused of trying to poison wolves and leading illegal sheep and bear hunts at the hunting lodge built by Fairbanks hunting guide and aviator Urban Rahoi.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage announced a 15-count federal indictment Tuesday against three employees of Rahoi’s Ptarmigan Lake Lodge, which is an inholding on the north side of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The indictment alleges that Casey Richardson, of Montana, Dale Lackner, of Alaska, and Jeffrey Harris, of Washington state, conspired to violate the Lacey Act, a 1900 law that governs interstate traffic of animal parts.

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In separate case, 3 charged with leading illegal hunts in NPres portion of Wrangell–St. Elias