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Rossi investigation continues, Soldotna guide named in case

Posted: January 20, 2012 - 8:34pm  |  Updated: January 20, 2012 - 8:37pm

ANCHORAGE — Authorities are making progress in their investigation into a bear hunt that led to the resignation of a top state Department Fish and Game official, including charges that a member of his hunting party may have shot a cub.

Corey Rossi, who was the head of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, faces 12 criminal charges in connection with the 2008 hunt, including allegations he falsified records. Authorities say Rossi was an assistant guide for a party that included three out-of-state hunters.

According to the Anchorage Daily News on Thursday, authorities do not expect to file any more charges against Rossi but say they are investigating the actions of others connected to the hunt.

Messages left for Rossi by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

Alaska State Troopers say the hunting party killed five black bears — but that's not what hunt records show.

The documentation claimed that two hunters failed to kill a bear, contradicting bear sealing records completed by Rossi and statements to troopers by the hunters, according to the charges.

Soldotna big-game guide Joe Dilley's signature appears on the falsified hunt records, according to prosecutors. But Dilley, a hunting guide since the early 1990s, said he does not know Rossi.

Troopers are trying to learn who signed the hunt records, said Capt. Burke Waldron, operations commander for the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

There were other problems with the paperwork, authorities say. Some of the dates were wrong, indicating the records had been signed before the hunt had ended, charges say.

And, in at least one instance, Dilley's name was spelled wrong.

Hunt paperwork, according to the newspaper, states Dilley outfitted three members of the party for an unguided trip: Robert Bruce Hubbard, a Utah guide; Duane Stroupe, a farmer and large-scale composter from Oregon; and David Reis, a Colorado trucker.

Rossi said Hubbard killed two bears and Stroupe killed one, the charges say.

Reis also killed a bear, which Reis sealed himself, saying he'd killed it with bait on a guided hunt, according to the charges.

Rossi told troopers that Hubbard killed two bears on the trip despite purchasing just one bear tag, the charges say.

Rossi acknowledged that the second bear would surpass legal limits and that he would have known that Hubbard did not have a second black bear tag prior to sealing the bears, according to the charges.

Hubbard claimed he only took one bear when he was questioned during the Dec. 12 interviews, troopers say.

Troopers are also investigating the size or age of one of the bears killed by Rossi's hunting party, Waldron said. One of the bears was particularly small and may have been a cub, he said.

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Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 01/21/12 - 05:21 am
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priorities

This sounds worse than the murder that was committed,and the killer will only get 7 years.This sounds like.they want to hang these hunters.Warped sense of priorities.

denseyler@yahoo.com
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denseyler@yahoo.com 01/21/12 - 12:30 pm
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Illegal guides

Joe Dilleys' name is known on the streets and rivers as one of the most corrupt guides on the peninsula! For his name to come up and be associated with Rossis' is no surprise at all.

Aklocal
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Aklocal 01/21/12 - 03:05 pm
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Dilley isn't corrupt

I'm thinking that people think they can get by with saying whatever crap comes to mind when they can remain anonymous. Dilley isn't corrupt and is a well respected guide on the peninsula. So, before you start throwing stones, maybe you should check your own glass house!

Daddy_O
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Daddy_O 01/21/12 - 06:01 pm
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Dilleys Rep

Joe Dilley has a rep amongst local guides and Fish and Game, he's been in trouble in the past. This doesn't surprise me or many others. I hope they throw the book at him. He deserves it.

Daddy_O
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Daddy_O 01/21/12 - 06:13 pm
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Dilleys Record

Dont believe me check out the link to Courtview:

http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/pa/pa.urd/PAMW6500

It's all right there, read them all

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LittleThunder 01/21/12 - 07:15 pm
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Dilley's Rep

I enjoyed your comments about the court records, funny thing is it doesn't show convictions or prosecutions. Just because charges are brought against Mr. Dilley, we are still in America where people are innocent until proven guilty. I personally know Joe and 90% of the cases have found Joe not guilty! So, why don't you give up your name so we can check on your background.

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AKNATUREGUY 01/22/12 - 01:02 am
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Raoulduke is wrong

These guys were involved in illegal interstate commerce of wildlife and probably should be charged in federal court with Lacey Act violations. They should all lose their hunting privelages for a period of time. This is exactly the type of activities that gives all hunters a bad name. ROSSI knew exactly what was going on and should be :hung out to dry"!

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