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Non-resident charged with multiple hunting violations in Alaska

Article published on Monday, May 12th, 2008
By RALPH GIBBS
Mirror Writer

According to an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper affidavit, a man allegedly broke several hunting regulations, by wrongly claiming Alaska as his state of residency.

Troy Wise disputes the charges and on Friday an Anchorage attorney representing Wise appeared by telephone before Magistrate Steve Cole and pleaded not guilty to nine counts of hunting violations.

Wise stands accused of acting as a sport fish guide without a valid sport fishing license, failing to possess a non-resident goat tag, taking a mountain goat without a registered guide, two counts of making a false statement, failing to possess a non-resident deer tag, taking king crab without a permit and two counts of taking subsistence king crab without a permit.

The charges stem from an investigation that began in November 2007 after Wise claimed he was a resident of Alaska on his hunting and fishing licenses without meeting the requirements.

Because the licenses were considered invalid, any hunting and fishing he did under those licenses was considered illegal.

An investigation by wildlife officials revealed that Wise claimed homestead status on his property in Alabama and was a resident of Tennessee when he purchased his license.

According to his attorney, Wise is currently in Alabama.  

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