Man enters plea to bear charges

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE - A Juneau man pleaded no contest last week to three charges connected to a brown bear hunt near the Endicott River in spring 2001.

Warren G. Eastland, 48, was charged in Juneau District Court with hunting without a guide, falsifying brown bear tags by saying he was a resident when he did not qualify, and making false statements on a hunting license.

He was fined $3,100 and sentenced to 40 days of jail, with all of it suspended. His hunting privileges were suspended for three years and he was placed on probation for five years, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers said Eastland has lived in Alaska part-time since 1968, but had not lived in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months required for a resident hunting license and for the right to hunt brown bear without a guide.

"Eastland did not take a bear during his hunt, but he was still hunting for a bear nonetheless," said wildlife protection Sgt. Steve Hall.

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