AK: Kipnuk man sentenced for hunting violations
August 26, 2010
Kipnuk man sentenced for hunting violations
A Kipnuk hunter was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to pay a $500
fine and abandon all lead shot, for one count of violating the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act and one count of violating the National Wildlife Refuge Act.
United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that Arthur Gunlik,
Jr., a resident of Kipnuk, pled guilty before, and was sentenced by, United
States Magistrate Judge Deborah Smith, according to a written statement from
Loeffler's office During court proceedings, Gunlik admitted that while
hunting spring waterfowl on May 4, he used lead shot to take waterfowl in
violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and interfered with law
enforcement officers by providing false information to U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service Officers in violation of the National Wildlife Refuge Act.
The incidents occurred on the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, near
The use of lead shot has been banned from waterfowl hunting since 1991.
Lead is a known toxin to both humans and waterfowl and a known cause of
decline in several species of waterfowl including eider ducks, a threatened
species in Alaska.
For over a decade, communities in the Yukon Delta region have supported
the ban on using lead shot to take waterfowl through participation in the
Yukon Delta Goose Management Plan.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and Yukon
Delta National Wildlife Refuge have instituted outreach programs in order to
instruct hunters about both the illegality of lead shot and the risks it
poses to both waterfowl and to individuals who consume affected birds.
Stan Pruszenski, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service Office of Law Enforcement in Alaska said, "We are pleased that steel
shot compliance rates among spring waterfowl hunters in Western Alaska are
generally high. The Office of Law Enforcement takes the continued use of
lead shot, and lying to law enforcement officers very seriously. The US Fish
and Wildlife Service will continue working with communities and businesses
in the Yukon Delta in order to ensure the continued decline of lead shot use
which is so harmful to wildlife and subsistence users."
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service led the investigation of this
case with assistance from officers of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife
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