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Location: Petersburg
Type: Wildlife Conviction

Dispatch Text:

On 9-19-17 Griffen Fales, age 20 of California, appeared in the District Court at Petersburg and pled guilty to multiple wildlife misdemeanors.  During 2015 the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Petersburg Post, received a report of a brown bear located on Admiralty Island that failed to have been salvaged.  Investigation found that Fales had shot this bear, along with one other bear, on Admiralty Island during a closed season, than failed to salvage either of the bears.  Additionally it was found that Fales had taken a deer without a hunting license and non-resident locking tag as required.  The guilty plea was coordinated through the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions and Fales was convicted on two counts of take brown bear closed season, two counts of fail to salvage and one count of fail to possess a non-resident locking tag.  He was sentenced to pay fines totaling $30,000 with $20,000 suspended and restitution to the State of Alaska totaling $3,000 for the three animals taken.  Fales was additionally sentenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, loss of hunting privileges for 5 years and placed on probation for one year. 


Posted on 9/19/2017 2:53:01 PM by DPS\agfrenzel

Posting Section: AK Wildlife Troopers