Minnesota man pleads guilty to federal wildlife violations

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Minnesota man was sentenced this week to two years probation and ordered to pay a large fine after pleading guilty to a 1995 federal wildlife violation.

Robert Lange, 51, of Bloomington, Minn., pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to one misdemeanor count of transporting two illegally killed animals -- a bull moose and a Dall sheep.

He was fined $8,500 and ordered to pay the state of Alaska $3,100 as restitution for the value of the animals, according to the plea agreement. He also had to forfeit the moose trophy and two rifles.

Lange was accused of killing the moose and the sheep in September 1995 on the same day that he went up in a small plane to scout for game in the Stony River area, west of Anchorage. Same-day airborne hunting is illegal in Alaska.

He then transported the moose and sheep mounts back to Minnesota, which created the federal violation.

Steven Skrocki, an assistant U.S. attorney, said Tuesday that plea deals have been made with at least nine other hunters who used the same Stony River hunting camp as Lange. Skrocki said charges could be brought against several others.

The camp was operated by pilot and guide Floyd Saltz, according to court documents. Saltz was killed in an air crash on St. George Island in the Pribilofs in 1998.

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