Alaska Wildlife Troopers have arrested two men for unlawfully killing a black wolf and two black bears in the Juneau area.
Speculation by the community as to whether or not the black wolf is Romeo, the unusually sociable black wolf who frequented the area around the Mendenhall Glacier but disappeared last fall, can't be verified, said Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Officer Beth Ipsen.
She said the troopers found the wolf's hide in their investigation.
"We don't know the name of the wolf, and whether or not it is Romeo," she said. "We investigate regardless of who the wolf is."
A release posted on the State Troopers' website says that shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Alaska Wildlife Troopers arrested Jeffrey Peacock, 46, of Lebanon, Penn., and Park Myers, 40, of Juneau for unlawful taking of big game animals.
The men were also found to be operating an unlawful bear bait site north of Juneau, along the road system. Peacock was arrested on a warrant for unsworn falsification, taking big game in a closed area, baiting bears without a permit and three counts of unlawful possession of game. His bail was set at $10,000.
Myers was arrested under a warrant for taking big game by unlawful methods, baiting bears without a permit and three counts of unlawful possession of game. His bail was set at $2,500.
Both men were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Friday, though a spokesman at Lemon Creek said neither was in custody at the facility as of Monday evening.
A Juneau radio station quoted the State Troopers Lt. Steve Hall as saying the wolf was taken last fall.
Romeo's last known sighting was Sept. 18.
The arrests were the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau.
Contact reporter Mary Catharine Martin at 523-2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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