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AK - Two men charged with illegal hunting

KTVA - 03/14/2007

Two men from Washington state are facing dozens of charges over what Alaska State Trooper say was an illegal big game hunt last fall. Troopers say 53-year-old Joseph Querin and 24-year-old Carson Kemmer, both of Ocean Park, are charged with 43 wildlife-related crimes.

Charges include unlawful possession of big game, wanton waste of big game, nonresident taking big game without a guide, illegal take of sub-legal sheep and moose and hunting without a license. Troopers say the men came under investigation after a tip came from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Querin and Kemmer had spent two weeks in August and September hunting caribou, moose, sheep and brown bear in Alaska. Troopers believe Querin illegally obtained an Alaska resident hunting license along with four tags and shared the tags with Kemmer.

During the hunting trip, Kemmer killed a caribou, sheep and brown bear along the Dalton Highway and shot a sub-legal bull moose near Turnagain Arm outside Anchorage. Querin shot a sub-legal sheep during the hunting trip, the trooper statement said. Troopers say a search of Kemmer's home turned up a brown bear skull and hide, along with sheep horns. They say photographs documenting the hunt were also found during the searches.

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