AK: illegal hunting activity
December 19, 2009
Smokejumpers convicted of falsifying Alaska hunting documents
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Seven out-of-state members of a federal smokejumpers
crew have been convicted of falsifying fishing and hunting documents.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers made the announcement Friday. The seven worked
as seasonal firefighters for the Bureau of Land Management out of Fort
Wainwright. Two men were also convicted of illegally hunting Dall sheep.
All seven claimed to be Alaska residents when submitted their hunting or
fishing licenses. Troopers say there is a large price difference between
resident and nonresident licenses and tags, plus guiding requirements for
nonresident hunters, giving some reason to lie about their residency.
Ward Scanson 29, of Montana and Chad Rice, 25, of Arizona both pleaded
guilty to unlawfully taking Dall sheep without a registered guide in 2008.
Scanson was ordered to pay $6,600 and Rice $6,100.
The other five all pleaded no contest and were ordered to pay a $300 fine.
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