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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