Two from hunting party plead innocent to illegal hunting

Posted: Friday, January 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A big-game guide and a Tennessee hunter pleaded innocent Thursday in federal court to charges of illegal hunting practices.

Kyle Lepping, 28, of Wasilla, and William Spann of White Bluff, Tenn., are among four men indicted by a grand jury last month.

Two of the charges accuse Lepping and his father, Kurt, of using the pesticide Aldicarb in moose carcasses to kill wolves around their Dulbi River camp northwest of Galena.

Spann, 39, is accused of attempting to kill a wolf from the air, according to the indictment. He faces two misdemeanor counts and one felony charge.

Kurt Lepping, 46, and another guide, Brad Saalsaa, 32, of Ketchikan, were arraigned last week on related charges. Both pleaded innocent.

All four remain free on their own recognizance. A trial date has not been set.

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