Illegal sales of 'seal sticks' yields probation and fines

A former Aleut tribal leader from St. Paul Island was sentenced to three years probation today for illegally selling fur seal penis bones, also called “seal sticks,” to a Korean market in Anchorage. Richard Zacharof could have been sentenced to up to six months in jail for violating the National Marine Mammal Protection Act. Exiting the court, he said he’s happy to leave with just probation and a fine. Zacharof admitted to illegally selling about 100 of the seal sticks for a price of about $17 each.

David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage