Former Nome police chief charged with hunting violations

Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2000

NOME (AP) -- The former chief of the Nome Police Department has again been charged with hunting violations.

Robert Kauer, 53, was cited Monday by Nome Fish and Wildlife Troopers for unlawfully taking a bear without a valid permit and unlawful transportation and possession of the bear hide and skull.

Kauer has a guiding business. The charges stem from an incident on September 7th of 1997, when Kauer allegedly guided a non-resident hunter. The hunter allegedly killed a bear in an area where he didn't have a permit to hunt.

Troopers said they became aware of the violation last August, after reviewing sealing certificates and drawing permits for nonresident hunters. Investigators went to Minnesota last December and seized the bear hide.

This is the second time Kauer has been charged with hunting violations. He pleaded guilty one year ago in federal court to two misdemeanor violations in connection with separate bear hunting expeditions in 1994 and 1995.

One of those incidents involved a California resident who apparently took a bear in an area where his permit wasn't valid. Kauer was ordered to pay a 20-thousand dollar fine and serve one year probation for those violations.

Kauer retired from the Nome Police force two years ago.

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