Girdwood hunter sues state over Tier II permit process

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Girdwood man has sued the state after failing to receive a Tier II subsistence permit to hunt caribou from the Nelchina herd.

Ken Manning claims the state's system for deciding who gets to hunt violates the state constitution.

Nelchina permits are awarded using a point system that takes into account where a person lives. Manning alleges such a system is unfair and illegal. He said income or need should be considered.

He asked the court to halt the Nelchina caribou hunt, which started Aug. 10 and continues through Sept. 20, and to change the permit system. No court hearings have been set in the case.

Kevin Saxby, an assistant attorney general, said the state isn't discriminating by using a subsistence permit system that considers where a person lives.

Because the Nelchina caribou herd has declined, this fall the state issued only 2,000 Tier II permits compared with 8,000 last year and 10,000 two years ago.

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