Three plead guilty on black bear poaching charges

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

ANCHORAGE - Three Anchorage men have pleaded guilty to poaching black bears and trying to sell their gall bladders and other body parts, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.

Kwan Su Yi, 32, Tae Won Ro, 33, and James Ho Moon, 25, entered guilty pleas to charges of attempting to export illegally taken wildlife. Ro, who was previously convicted in a domestic violence crime, also pleaded guilty to the illegal use of a firearm.

According to the federal indictment, the three men snared black bears near Prince William Sound to harvest their gall bladders for sale in South Korea.

Moon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He agreed to pay a $3,000 fine and $600 in restitution for illegally taking a black bear. His plea agreement also includes three years of probation.

Yi agreed to forfeit a boat, motor, trailer and two guns used to catch and shoot the bears. Ro agreed to pay a fine of $3,000 and $1,800 in restitution to the state for the illegal take of a black bear.

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