Two New Hampshire men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they conspired to illegally smuggle skins of endangered big game cats into the United States.
Charged in the case were millionaire Dr. Constantine Hampers of Dublin, N.H., and Dr. Edward Hager, of Lyndeboro, N.H.
Hampers, who also has a home in Weston, Mass., is the husband of Joyce Hampers, the former Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner. Hager once ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.
According to the multi-count indictment, the two men "knowingly" conspired to hunt endangered game margay, ocelots, jaguars, mountain lions and cougars in Mexico between March 14, 1985, and January 1988. The physicians are suspected of having the pelts hand-delivered or shipped to them or a taxidermist in Colorado.