Glennallen man sentenced for harassing anglers

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002

GLENNALLEN (AP) -- A Glennallen man has been sentenced to community service, ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and to attend an ethics course as punishment for harassing people while they were fishing on the Klutina River.

Kirk W. Wilson, 47, pleaded no contest April 4 to one count of harassment and one count of hindering lawful fishing.

The charges stemmed from a July 21, 2001, incident in which Wilson harassed a fishing guide and caused one of his clients to lose a fish on the Klutina River. Trooper Bernard Chastain said they had received reports of Wilson's behavior throughout the summer and during the last several years.

Wilson leases a cabin on the river each summer and is extremely protective of the fishing hole in front of the cabin, Chastain said. Wilson would verbally attack those attempting to fish in the spot, cast over their lines and try to snag them.

In addition to the fine and 80 hours of community service, Wilson was also sentenced to three years probation and must attend an ethics course taught by the state Department of Fish and Game.

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