Two plead guilty in '08 caribou killing case

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Two men accused of slaughtering caribou on the tundra near Point Hope last year pleaded guilty to failing to salvage the edible meat of an animal.

In a plea deal, 27-year-old Randy Oktollik and 21-year-old Brett Oktollik will perform community service working with elders and explaining to young children the right way to harvest meat

They must also pay $1,360 in fines and restitution. They will be able to apply for hunting licenses. They were among eight men charged after wildlife troopers found at least 37 caribou at 25 kill sites. Local and regional leaders called the case an attack on Natives' subsistence rights and raised defense funds.

Five other men await trial. In court Friday, authorities said a sixth was arranging a plea deal.

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