AK: Third man pleads guilty in caribou killings
December 3, 2009
Third man pleads guilty in caribou killings
KOTZEBUE -- A third man accused of killing and wasting dozens of caribou
on the tundra near Point Hope in July 2008 has pleaded guilty to a charge of
failing to salvage edible meat.
Lazarus Killigvuk, 26, who entered the plea Wednesday, will be sentenced
for the violation in February along with Randy Oktollik, 27, and Brett
Oktollik, 21, who pleaded guilty to the same charge last week.
The deals call for fines and community service but no jail time. For
Killigvuk and Randy Oktollik, the deal calls for 30 hours of community
service with elders and 20 hours explaining to young children the right way
to harvest meat. Brett Oktollik's agreement calls for 45 hours with elders
and 20 hours with children.
The men must also pay $1,360 in fines and restitution.
The other five men charged with wanton waste and failure to salvage have
pleaded not guilty and are set to face a Point Hope jury in February.
The men were from two hunting parties charged with wanton waste and
failing to salvage meat after Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to a tip
and found at least 37 caribou wasted at 25 kill sites stretching along the
40-mile Suicide Trail. Some of the hunters claimed they left the animals
because the animals were sick and they didn't want to bring bad meat back to
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