A hunting guide in Alaska used snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients
Associated Press Jan 8, 2019 Updated 5 hrs ago
NOME, Alaska — A master hunting guide from Alaska had his license revoked for life after pleading guilty to using employees on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients.
Alaska State Troopers say in a statement that Brian Simpson of Fairbanks was charged in 2017 with two counts of "aiding in the commission of a violation" by using the employees on snowmobiles to force the grizzlies toward his clients north of Nome.
Troopers say Simpson was also fined $35,000 and received a year of probation.
The statement issued Monday says Simpson also was charged with three counts of guiding in the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve without authorization.
An assistant guide and a second employee were charged with harassing game.
Same thing with their clients, if they were aware of this,
Years ago, when I was on the Alaska Guide Licensing and Control Board, we took the licenses of several guides convicted on "herding" grizzlies/brown bears with bush aircraft. Hunter and Asst Guide would be dropped off, then the Guide would herd the bears by diving at them with the planes.
Some big name guides lost their licenses and got jail time and large fines.