Illegal bait stations cost Alaska hunting guide his license
A Pennsylvania man who worked in Alaska as a game guide has lost his ability to do so, after admitting to not cleaning bear bait stations in the Skwentna area.
Clifford Smith, 41, had his guiding license permanently revoked as a result of the case, according to an online Alaska State Troopers dispatch.
“Additionally, Smith was fined $23,000 with $18,000 suspended, placed on probation for one year during which he may not hunt, and is required to provide photographic proof that he cleaned up the bait stations,” troopers wrote.
Bear bait stations must have any bait, litter or equipment removed from them at the end of each hunting season, under state law. They are prohibited within one mile of any dwelling, business, school or developed campground – prompting a 2014 complaint to troopers that one of Smith’s stations was too close to a lodge.
“Troopers investigated and found that one of Smith’s bait stations was established within one mile of three separate dwellings,” troopers wrote. “Troopers also discovered that the bait station was littered with a substantial amount of garbage.”
Troopers also found trash, along with bait and equipment, left at other bait stations used by Smith in October 2016.
Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight offenses in the case including illegal acts by a registered guide, as well as establishing a bait station within one mile of a dwelling and failing to remove litter from a bait station.