Man fined $22,000 in illegal hunt; troopers seek second hunter

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A Washington state man has been fined more than $22,000 after an illegal hunt of big-game animals.

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Carson Kemmer, 24, has pleaded no-contest for the illegal killing of brown bear, caribou, moose and Dall sheep, Alaska Wildlife Troopers said.

Authorities are looking for his hunting companion, Joseph Querin, 53, who faces 21 charges and failed to appear for his arraignment. A $10,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Both men are from Ocean Park, Wash.

Kemmer, who didn't have a license, killed a caribou, sheep and brown bear along the Dalton Highway in the Brooks Range. He also shot a sub-legal bull moose near Turnagain Arm, troopers said.

Querin shot a second sub-legal sheep in the Brooks Range and did not have a tag for it, troopers said.

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"This is actually a very serious case," trooper investigator Robert Welch said. "It was a clear and deliberate attempt to go after multiple animals illegally."

Kemmer pleaded no contest Oct. 12 to two counts of taking brown bear and Dall sheep without a guide, two counts of taking big game without a tag, one count of failure to salvage the edible meat of a big game animal and one count of hunting without a license. He was originally charged with 22 hunting violations.

The investigation began when troopers received a tip from Washington fish and game officials that Querin may have been conducting illegal hunts in Alaska.

Troopers say the men were in Alaska to hunt big game between Aug. 29 and Sept. 16, 2006. Querin illegally obtained an Alaska resident hunting license and four tags, then transferred the tags to Kemmer, troopers said.

"(Querin) had lived in Alaska. He was very familiar with the regulations," Welch said.

By Alaska law, nonresident hunters must be accompanied by a guide or by a close relative who is an Alaska resident to take brown bear, sheep and goats. Neither man met those requirements, Welch said.



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