Longtime Alaska guide charged with smuggling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska river guide has been accused of helping a client smuggle a 10,000-year-old mammoth fossil out of Alaska.

Karen Jettmar is the author of “The Alaska River Guide” and the director of Equinox Wilderness Expeditions. The Anchorage Daily News reported Friday that she is charged with two felonies.

Jettmar is accused of guiding a person on a June 2007 river trip on the Kokolik River in Northwest Alaska during which an indictment says they removed a mammoth tusk valued at about $4,000.

Federal Bureau of Land Management investigators say they have e-mails between Jettmar and the co-conspirator. The indictment says in one e-mail Jettmar talks about a river in Alaska that would be good for hauling “booty back.”

The Daily News was not successful in reaching Jettmar for comment.

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