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AK: Hunting guide fined $40,000

ALASKA DIGEST - February 4, 2007

BETHEL -- A Bethel court has ordered an Anchorage man to pay more than $40,000 and serve jail time for guiding six out-of-state clients on an illegal hunt near a Southwest Alaska lake.

Brian Richardson, 38, had no big game guiding or transporting license last September when he guided a caribou and black bear hunt near Kisaralik Lake southeast of Bethel, said wildlife trooper Mike Cresswell.

The hunt was brazen because Richardson, 38, took the clients to an area used by other guides, Cresswell said. Troopers received a tip about the illegal hunt and told Richardson to remove his clients from the field, ending the hunt early.

Last week, Bethel District Court ordered Richardson to repay five of the hunters $34,000 after he pleaded no contest last fall, Cresswell said. Richardson, owner of Northern Rim Wilderness Adventures, was also fined $7,500, must serve three days in jail and can't legally apply for a big game guide, transporter or sportfish guiding license for five years, Cresswell said.

-- Anchorage Daily News

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