Hunter loses legal round in Nelchina caribou lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has denied a Girdwood man's request to stop the caribou hunt in the Nelchina basin.

Ken Manning sued in July, claiming the state's Tier II permit system for deciding who gets to hunt is unfair and violates the Alaska Constitution.

Judge Sen Tan did not rule on the merits of the case, but said halting the hunt would cause too much disruption to the 2,000 people awarded state subsistence permits to hunt Nelchina caribou this year.

The hunting season closed Sept. 20 but will reopen to permit holders on Oct. 21.

Manning said he plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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