On Thursday the Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, filed criminal charges in the Glennallen District Court against registered big game guide Jimmy (Jim) V. West, owner/operator of the Klutina Lodge in Copper Center, Alaska.
Peters: “A joint investigation by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Glennallen, the Wildlife Troopers Wildlife Investigations Unit in Anchorage, and the National Park Service revealed that West, while operating as a licensed big game guide, had unlawfully guided a big game hunt in 2009 on federal lands within the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve without a federal commercial use concession. In 2011 and again in 2012, West trespassed on native owned lands within the Copper River valley while conducting guided black bear hunts over his registered bear bait sites, harvested a black bear while accompanying a paying client in the field in violation of state guiding statutes, and failed to remove his bear bait stations at the end of season as required by state law.”
Jim West is being charged with a total of 17 violations of state game and guiding laws that occurred in 2009, 2011, and 2012. Many of the charges carry a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. Several of the charges carry maximum penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a $30,000 fine. As part of the investigation, Troopers seized a Cessna 185 aircraft from West in August that was used in the commission of some of the charged violations.
Arraignment dates are pending in the Glennallen District Court.