This was just in the Ketchikan paper and on another Ketchikan internet news site.
I have edited the names out of the article. Maybe making this post within David's guidelines. If not I understand if a moderator deletes the post.
Since we have been discussing the current Transporter situation I thought this was worthy.
It will be a precedent setting case for sure. It is scheduled to go to trial in Craig in Feb.
December 09, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan and Klawock Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement State Troopers began investigation into what they called a large illegal big game transporter case in April 2006 which involves at least 8 people and several businesses owned and operated by a Transporter of Salt lake City, Utah.
During the investigation it was determined that three non-resident aliens were hunting big game with out the services of a big game guide on board a 100 foot vessel converted from a Bristol bay crabber. Two of the nonresident aliens were citizens of Spain and one was a citizen of Mexico. Investigation revealed that the nonresident aliens were issued (by the Transporter) the wrong tags and licenses for hunting black bear and did not have a guide as required by law. Investigation also revealed that they were planning on leaving the United States on April 30, 2006 to return to their respective countries
Troopers were issued arrest warrants for these individuals and served the warrants on April 29th. The three nonresident aliens pled out in arraignment that was held immediately after the arrests.
During further investigation by Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement State Troopers between April 26th and November 2nd, the investigation revealed that vessels and employees of the company were taking black bear hunters into the field and remaining with clients while actively looking and hunting for black bears. The company has a transporter license that only allows them to provided transportation services to from and in the field. The investigation reveled that employees of the company remained in the field with paying clients while they actively searched for black bears while driving slowly in boats along the beaches near Craig Alaska.
According to the Troopers, transporters then waited in the area and watched from the boats while their clients stalked and shot their bears. After the clients shot their bears the employees stayed in the area and waited for the hunters to bring the bears to the beach. Investigation further revealed that captain and his transporter employees provided hunting blinds to their paying clients to hunt for black bears while they were in the field and failed to fill out and complete several transporter activity reports.
Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement announced this week they have charged 38 misdemeanor counts to the company and it's employees. Named in the charges are, the Captain, owner and operator of the company and employees.
The Captain, owner and operator of the company, has been charged with 18 counts, 16 counts of aiding in the commission of a violation of State guiding law, 2 counts of violations of transporter activity reports.
An employee from Ketchikan has been charged with 10 counts, 1 count of aiding in the commission of a violation of state guiding law, 3 counts of outfitting big game hunters without a license, 5 counts of transporter remaining in the field with paying big game hunting clients and 1 count of transporter activity report violations.
An employee from Craig has been charged with 8 misdemeanor counts, 2 count of aiding in the commission of a violation of state Guiding law, 2 counts of outfitting big game hunters without a license, 3 counts of transporter remaining in the field with paying big game hunting clients and 1 count of transporter activity report violations.
An employee from Craig has been charged with 2 misdemeanor counts, 1 counts of transporter remaining in the field with paying big game hunting clients, and 1 count of transporter activity report violations.
Charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.