Illegal hunting nets Alabama man $13,000 fine, probation

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2005

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $13,000 after pleading no contest in state court to illegally hunting grizzly bears, caribou, Dall sheep and moose from 2001 to 2003.

Gary Ickes, 60, killed at least one moose and one caribou in his hunts, Alaska State Troopers said. He had Alaska resident hunting tags for the other animals.

''It doesn't really make a difference if he was successful (hunting). In the state of Alaska, there's not a difference between hunting for an animal and getting one and hunting for an animal and not getting one,'' said Sgt. Bernard Chastain of the Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement.

An investigation into Ickes began when an employee of Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Slana saw Ickes come into the park's office in 2003 and request resident rural subsistence tags, according to court documents.

Ickes owned property in Slana, according to court documents. Chastain said that while Ickes may have lived in the town during the summer, he was not a qualified resident.

Troopers said the investigation revealed Ickes also had claimed residency in North Carolina.

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