Hunting Accident File > VIOLATIONS > 2005

AK - hunting and trapping violations

Multiple charges

A conflict between trappers late last year has led to criminal charges.

Bruce Hakel, 40, faces charges of third-degree theft, two counts of fifth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of hindering lawful trapping.

Court records say Hakel removed traps, released trapped lynx and later closed traps belonging to a trapper who had set a trapline near McDonald Creek in the Tanana Flats, near Hakel's trapline.

Hakel claimed to have a registered trapline and advised his competitor to "go away," court records stated.

Alaska law does not give exclusive trapline rights to one trapper, records stated.

Hunting violations

* Two Tetlin men face charges in connection with a moose killed near Tetlin on Nov. 29.

Byron Captain, 30, was cited on charges of taking game during closed season and unlawful possession and transportation. James L. Wright, 47, was cited on a charge of unlawful possession of moose meat.

Tok Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement troopers found the kill site Nov. 30 while on a routine patrol, stated a trooper report.

They say Captain shot the moose and recruited others to help him salvage it. Half the animal was reportedly found at Wright's residence. The other half was in Captain's possession, the report stated.

Troopers say they saw fresh blood and moose hair in the bed of Captain's pickup and Captain eventually admitted to killing the animal. The moose meat was seized and donated to a local charity, the report stated.

* Troopers say the following people were cited last weekend on an allegation they failed to return 2004 RC860 Caribou Registration hunt reports to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as required:

Shawn Miller, 22, of Fairbanks

Mark W. Long, 53, of Fairbanks

Dennis D. Quinn, 50, of Fairbanks

Ronald D. Young, 42, of Fairbanks

Wayne Kile, 48, of Fairbanks

Steven O. Snyder, 53, of Fairbanks

Joshua S. Grantland, 28, of Palmer

Gary D. Stoaks, 41, of Fort Greely

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