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USA Today: Alaska official has cute little sea otters in his sights

4:06p.m. EST February 21, 2013
Because of threat to shellfish beds, an Alaska state senator wants to offer a $100-an-otter bounty -- although federal law would likely make the rule unenforceable, even if the bill were to pass.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state senator is proposing a bounty on sea otters, the cute little marine mammals often seen by tourists swimming on their backs between cruise ships, sometimes munching on a fresh crab or clams.

Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, sees the furry-faced critters as a growing threat to shellfish beds, particularly in southeast Alaska, where he is from. On Wednesday, he introduced legislation that would have the state pay $100 for each sea otter lawfully....

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