ALASKA REALITY STAR CITED FOR 17 HUNTING VIOLATIONS
Alaska reality television show star Jim V. West has been charged with several hunting violations in the Glennallen District Court. The hunter is the star of television show "Wild West Alaska," which is on the Animal Planet Network. He faces criminal allegations for unlawful bear hunting actions.
The notorious hunter has been charged with many sanctions, which includes "trespassing on Alaska Native lands while guiding a black bear hunt." However, the defendant's attorney questions the allegations.
A history of purported violations
Back in 2011, sources note that an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper received a tip that the celebrity was hunting bear on private lands at positioned bait stations, which were owned by one of the Alaska Native Regional Corporations. This ultimately led to further investigations.
In time, explorations grew to incorporate the National Park Service and the wildlife troopers' investigative unit in Anchorage. Next, the Attorney General and the state Office of Special Prosecutions took over the criminal matter.
Once the state narrowed in on the suspect, they uncovered purported illegal acts, which date back to 2009. Law enforcement claims that the hunter, who was a game guide, illegally directed a hunting expedition on federal property. The hunt took place within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, authorities allege. While it is lawful to hunt in the Federal Reserve, law enforcement notes that the hunter lacked the mandated permit to direct hunts in that area.
Next, troopers charged that the suspect trespassed on Native property in the Cooper River Valley, as he guided bear hunters in 2011 and 2012, too. Allegedly, the hunter had bait locations that were unlawfully positioned on private lands, where a client claimed the life of a bear. That is against Alaska guiding statutes.
In sum, the suspect faces 17 charges involving bear hunts. The charges were recently filed in the Glennallen District Court. At this time, the suspect says his bear-bait sites were not positioned on Native-owned property.
Alaska hunting laws
If convicted, the hunter will face misdemeanor charges for his purported hunting misconduct. Some of the offenses carry a maximum penalty of one year behind bars. Moreover, fines could potentially soar to $30,000 for a guilty conviction on some counts.
If you are confronting charges for game law violations in Alaska, do not hesitate to contact an experienced criminal law attorney. Convictions come equipped with hefty fines. In some cases, jail time is assessed. For this reason, legal assistance is helpful.