Artist charged with illegally selling animal parts

An Alaska artist has been charged with illegally selling and exporting animal parts, including seal claws, wolf bones, walrus ivory and polar bear teeth.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Miles Martin of Nenana faces more than two dozen felony and misdemeanor counts.

Martin runs a website in which he sells a mixture of crafted art and raw materials, including wolf claws and walrus bones.

The charges come nearly two years after Martin’s home was searched by state and federal law enforcement officials in a larger investigation that netted three people who planned on selling hundreds of pounds of walrus tusks.

Martin and his public defender, Jim Hackett, declined comment.