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Man found guilty of wildlife charges

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An Aniak jury has found a man guilty of illegal guiding and four other fish and wildlife charges.

Ronald Peltola, 60, was convicted last week of one count of guiding big game hunters without a license, Alaska State Troopers said. He also was found guilty of three counts of unlawful methods and means of taking big game and one count of illegally transporting unlawfully taken game.

Troopers said Peltola, who is not a licensed guide or transporter, guided a Michigan hunter for moose in September 2000. The hunter was a game warden from Michigan working for Alaska's Wildlife Investigations Unit.

During the hunt, two black bears were killed from a boat while it was still underway and under power, troopers said. Also, a large bull moose was herded with a boat several hundred yards up river to the waiting hunter.

The animals were transported by boat back to the hunting camp and then to Bethel in Peltola's airplane.

Sentencing for Peltola, who has residences in Bethel and Michigan, was set for November.

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