Non-resident charged with multiple hunting violations in Alaska
Article published on Monday, May 12th, 2008
By RALPH GIBBS
According to an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper affidavit, a man
allegedly broke several hunting regulations, by wrongly claiming Alaska
as his state of residency.
Troy Wise disputes the charges and on Friday an Anchorage attorney
representing Wise appeared by telephone before Magistrate Steve Cole and
pleaded not guilty to nine counts of hunting violations.
Wise stands accused of acting as a sport fish guide without a valid
sport fishing license, failing to possess a non-resident goat tag,
taking a mountain goat without a registered guide, two counts of making
a false statement, failing to possess a non-resident deer tag, taking
king crab without a permit and two counts of taking subsistence king
crab without a permit.
The charges stem from an investigation that began in November 2007
after Wise claimed he was a resident of Alaska on his hunting and
fishing licenses without meeting the requirements.
Because the licenses were considered invalid, any hunting and fishing
he did under those licenses was considered illegal.
An investigation by wildlife officials revealed that Wise claimed
homestead status on his property in Alabama and was a resident of
Tennessee when he purchased his license.
According to his attorney, Wise is currently in Alabama.
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