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On January 13, 2023, AWT Bethel received a report of an illegally taken caribou while following up on an unrelated case in Tuluksak. Further investigation revealed Peter Waska, 37 of Tuluksak, Nelson Napoka, 42 of Tuluksak, Timothy Lott, 36 of Akiak, and Carl Napoka, 47 of Akiak, all took caribou in GMU 18 at the beginning of December 2022. Additionally, it was discovered Peter Joe Napoka, 26 of Tuluksak and Jerry Charlie, 62 of Tuluksak, each took a caribou, with Peter Joe using a .22 rimfire rifle. The caribou season in GMU 18 has been closed for approximately 3 years due to drastically low Mulchatna Caribou Herd population. Timothy Lott, Nelson Napoka, Peter Waska, Jerry Charlie, and Carl Napoka were each issued misdemeanor citations for Taking Caribou Closed Season and Unlawful Possession/Transportation of Game. Peter Joe Napoka was issued misdemeanor citations for Taking Caribou Closed Season, Unlawful Possession/Transportation of Game, and Unlawful Methods/Means for using a rimfire rifle. AWT Bethel seized the remaining caribou meat and rifles used to take the illegal animals as evidence. Arraignment has been set for February 1, 2023, in the Bethel Court.
Posted on 1/18/2023 3:51:59 PM by DPS\dcbrooks