Washington state man fined for bear hunting violations

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Washington state man has been fined more than $5,000 and ordered to pay nearly $2,000 more in restitution for violating Alaska's bear hunting laws.

Michael P. Duby, 29, of Seatac, Wash., pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of taking a brown bear in a closed area, hunting for brown bear without a guide, unsworn falsification, unlawful possession of a black bear, and false statements on three license applications.

On May 25, Duby killed a brown bear in a closed area on Admiralty Island. An investigation by Fish and Wildlife Protection troopers showed Duby was not a resident, but he had purchased a resident tag, and a resident hunting license.

The violation wasn't Duby's first. He had already taken a black bear in 1999 under a false resident license.

Duby was fined a total of $10,900 with $5,500 suspended. He also received a suspended jail sentence of 60 days and had to pay $1,900 in restitution.

Duby forfeited his rifle and the bear hides. His hunting privileges were suspended for three years. And he was placed on probation for three years.

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